Programme


(A) Sociological, Anthropological and Religious Studies Approaches to AI and Religion


Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CEST

4:00 - 4:15 PM Welcome

Marco Ventura (FBK); Paolo Traverso (FBK)

4:15 - 4:35 PM Introduction to the Webinar Series

Boris Rähme (FBK)

4:35 - 5:00 PM Interacting with and within the Artificial

Yaqub Chaudhary (Independent Researcher)

5:00 - 5:25 PM Moderated Discussion

5:25 - 5:30 PM Conclusion

Chair: Boris Rähme (FBK)

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CEST

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM "Blessed by the Algorithm": Religious Conceptions of AI and Their Impact on Society

Beth Singler (University of Cambridge)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: Margherita Galassini (FBK)

https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-artificial-intelligence-and-religion-air202021-second-episode-108078287066

Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CEST

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM 'Things Greater than Thou': AI and a Technical Re-enchantment of the World

Stef Aupers (KU Leuven)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: Boris Rähme (FBK)

https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-artificial-intelligence-and-religion-air202021-second-episode-108078287066

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM Magic of AI, AI for Magic? Magical Thinking Practices and Digital Age: Remarks for an Opening Field of Study

Lionel Obadia (University of Lyon 2 and French National Research Agency )

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: tba

https://www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-artificial-intelligence-and-religion-air202021-second-episode-108078287066

Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM Algorithms as Formations Analogous to Religion: Discourses and Materialities

Inken Prohl (University of Heidelberg)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: tba


Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM The Android and the Fax: AI and Buddhism in Contemporary Japan

Erica Baffelli, (University of Manchester)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: tba

(B) Utopian and Dystopian Techno-Futures: AI, Transhumanism, and Religion


Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM God, the Singularity and the Transcendent Superintelligence: Philosophical Contexts of the Transhumanist Utopia

Oliver Krüger (University of Fribourg)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: tba


Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM Technological Give-and-Take: Religions of AI in Indian Science and Engineering

Robert Geraci (Manhattan College)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: tba


Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM Human Dignity after the Human

Zachary Calo (Hamad Bin Khalifa University)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: tba

(C) Values and AI: Machines, Ethics, and Religion


Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM Morality and AI

Nachum Dershowitz (University of Tel Aviv)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: Oliviero Stock (FBK)


Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM Was Blumer Right? Religious Values and Quantified Self in the Petabyte Age

Dominik Balazka (FBK), joint work with Dario Rodighiero (MIT and Harvard University)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: tba


Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM Yorick Wilks (University of Sheffield)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: tba


Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM Using multi-agent AI to predict and prevent religious conflict

LeRon Shults (University of Agder)

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: Boris Rähme (FBK)


Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:30 PM tba

4:30 - 4:55 PM Moderated Discussion

4:55 - 5:00 PM Conclusion

Chair: tba


Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CET

4:00 - 4:05 PM Introduction

4:05 - 4:50 PM Panel discussion: Whither now? Directions for future research on AI and Religion

4:50 - 5:00 PM Conclusion of the Webinar Series

Chair: tba

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