Living with your AI Symbiont

Event description

  • Free
  • Open to the public
  • Science
  • Sustainability

Is deep and meaningful human-AI cooperation possible? What could it look like given what we know about human nature?

Join us for a live streamed conversation on Future of being Human … Unplugged between Athena Aktipis (Arizona State University), Paul Rainey (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology), and host, and host Andrew Maynard, as we explore the possibilities of developing symbiotic relationships with artificial intelligence in the future.

Hosted by the The Future of Being Human initiative. This event will be live streamed. Please register to obtain the link to the live stream feed.

Andrew Maynard

Andrew is a scientist, author, Professor of Advanced Technology Transitions and founder of Arizona State University’s Future of Being Human community. He studies the future and how our actions influence it.


Athena Aktipis

Athena Aktipis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University and co-Director of The Cooperation Science Network and The Human Generosity Project.

Athena studies cooperation across systems from human sharing to cancer.

She is also the chair of the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting; host of the podcast, Zombified, author of the book The Cheating Cell: How evolution helps us understand and treat cancer as well as author of the upcoming book A Field Guide to the Apocalypse: A Mostly Serious Guide to Surviving Our Wild Times.

Paul Rainey

Paul Rainey is a leading expert in experimental evolutionary biology. He is Director is of the Department of Microbial Population Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany, a Professor at ESPCI in Paris, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Paul’s work focuses on evolutionary processes, particularly evolution through natural selection. This extends to artificial intelligence and evolutionary transitions in individuality between humans and AI.

About The Future of Being Human … Unplugged

The Future of Being Human … Unplugged is a series of live streamed conversations that bring together experts and thinkers from very different backgrounds as they explore some of the more intriguing, complex and profound implications of rapidly developing technological capabilities.

Unscripted, unpredictable and threaded through with mischievously curiosity, Unplugged aims to push the bounds of how we think about the intersection between advanced technologies, cutting edge science and the very essence of what it might mean to be human in the future.

And the “Unplugged” bit? We’re unplugging from the usual norms and expectations that so often make online discussions deadly tedious, so no interminable PowerPoint presentations, no long winded opening statements and no impenetrable monologues – just compelling conversation that’ll make you think.

We’re also unplugging from conventional ideas and often-stifling disciplinary constraints as we explore futures that are anything but conventional.

In other words, expect conversations that engage, entertain and shake up your world as we explore what it might mean to be human in a technologically complex future!

Event contact

Andrew Maynard

Monday, November 20, 2023


11:10 am12:00 pm (MST)