[Lumi#6] Marcello Ienca: The Ethics of Augmented Intelligence
02 December 2021
Room D1.01, Sector D, first floor, Campus Est, USI-SUPSI, Lugano-Viganello
Artificial intelligence (AI) and the human brain are profoundly different cognitive systems. Nevertheless, they can interact with each other dynamically. One such way of interaction concerns the possibility of using AI to enhance human cognition. This approach, known as 'augmented intelligence', raises important ethical issues. These include implications for agency, autonomy and moral responsibility, and the moral permissibility of cognitive enhancement. This talk will offer an overview and critical analysis of the ethical implications of augmented intelligence and human-computer interaction.

The speaker

 Marcello Ienca is a scientist at the College of Humanities of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where he leads the Intelligent Systems Ethics Group. Prior to that he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). Dr. Ienca's scholarship focuses on the ethical, legal and social implications of Artificial Intelligence and human cognition, with particular regard to the interaction between brains and machines. His research has been published in journals such as Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Machine Intelligence and Neuron. Ienca has been appointed as an expert advisor on bioethics and AI by the Council of Europe and is a member of the Steering Committee on Neurotechnology of the Organisation of Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD)