Divine Machines, Animal Machines, Evil Machines: AI in the Light of History

Dátum: 2024. február 27., 17.30-tól Helyszín: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa - Csónak utca 1., 1015 Budapest

In this event, we will situate the rise of AI in the history of Western thought and culture. We will discuss the origin of machines in Hesiod’s Theogony, and the appearance of heavenly androids in Homer’s Iliad. We will look at radical ideas about ’animal machines’ in early modern Europe, and ask how they may have influenced later thinking about the nature of intelligence and what it means to be human. Finally, both speakers will ask: Is it possible for a machine to be evil? Or for machines to make humans more evil? What illuminations – and warnings – does Western thought have to offer on the cusp of what appears to be an AI revolution?


-David Lloyd Dusenbury, Senior Fellow, Danube Institute
-David Martin Jones, Director of Research, Danube Institute

Language: English


Date: February 27, 2024. 5.30 PM
Venue: Lónyay-Hatvany Villa - 1. Csónak str., 1015 Budapest
(Entrance: Aranybástya-Restaurant)

Participation in the event is free, but registration is required, which can be done by email at events@danubeinstitute.hu or by clicking on the R.S.V.P. button:

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