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Artificial Intelligence Seminar

What AI & Cybersecurity Have to Do With Outer Space Ethics

Event Details

Speaker: Patrick Lin, Univ. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Location: ISI-MDR #1135-1137 in-person attendance will be permitted for USC/ISI faculty, staff, students only. Open to the public virtually via Zoom


This talk will NOT BE RECORDED, it will be a Live Presentation Only

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Meeting ID: 918 9926 0912
Passcode: 337773

AI is a key technology that’s driving unprecedented levels of activity in outer space.  But space law isn’t well developed—the main treaty dates back to 1967—and therefore it doesn’t account for modern realities (e.g., space debris, space cyberattacks) and ambitions (e.g., asteroid mining, off-world bases and colonies).  This lecture will explain where the legal and policy gaps are, which are giving rise to ethical problems and can cause misunderstandings and devastating conflicts.


Speaker Bio

Patrick Lin, PhD, is the director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, based at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he is a philosophy professor.  He also currently serves on the US National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group and is affiliated with Stanford Law School, Czech Academy of Sciences, World Economic Forum, Aurelia Institute, and other leading orgs.  Previous affiliations include the 100-Year Study on AI, Stanford Engineering, US Naval Academy, Dartmouth College, Univ. of Notre Dame, Univ. of Iceland (Fulbright), Center for a New American Security, New America Foundation, UNIDIR, and others.

He is well published in technology ethics—including on frontier development (esp. outer space and the Arctic), AI, robotics, cybersecurity, bioengineering, nanotechnology, security technologies, and more—and is regularly invited to provide briefings on the subject to industry, media, and government.

Currently, Dr. Lin is the principal investigator on two ethics projects funded by the US National Science Foundation, one on outer space cybersecurity (SaTC program) and the other on AI and robot ethics (NRI 3.0 program).  He earned his BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley and PhD from UC Santa Barbara, with a background in the biosciences.

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