The AI Human Condition

DISI Seminar
24 May 2022
Start time 
4:19 pm
on Zoom and in person at Room Garda, Polo F. Ferrari where the speaker will be projected
Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science
Target audience: 
University community
Free – Registration required
Online – Registration required
Registration deadline: 
23 May 2022, 13:00
Contact person: 
prof. Vincenzo D'Andrea
Contact details: 
DISI Communication Office
James Brusseau (Philosophy Department, Pace University, New York City)


The AI human condition is an ethical dilemma between authenticity and freedom. But, what does that mean for information engineers and computer scientists in the real world? To begin answering, we will follow contemporary technological case studies to their intersections with historical debates about human identity: Can I be fully described by my dataset, or does something always escape? Even if all my biological and psychological characteristics could be defined, do I really want to know who I authentically am? And, how free am I to change my identity through time? Do I remain basically the same person through the years, or can transformations in my decisions and purposes radically split me away from the person I was in the past? While these questions have been pursued for millennia, this presentation is about reimagining them today, in the language and context of advancing digital technologies.

Keywords: Ethics, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Human Identity

Notice: During the seminar, the new elective course on "Ethics for Computer Science and Engineering" for UniTrento Master's students will also be presented.

About the speaker

Professor Brusseau's current theoretical work engages the human dilemmas of artificial intelligence, especially intersecting with privacy, authenticity, freedom, and personal identity. His current practical work concentrates in AI healthcare ethics.

How to participate

The seminar is held on Zoom platform with projection of the speaker in room Garda (Polo F. Ferrari). 
Due to limited seats in the seminar room, we invite people interested to participate in person to register in advance.