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Hong Kong, SAR: Do Sentient AIs Have Rights


Taipei, TW: Do Robots Have Rights?

Join fellow U of T alumni and friends for a lecture that explores the future of artificial intelligence.

  • 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Brunch & Reception
  • 11:30 AM - Presentation
  • 12:10 PM - Q&A
  • 12:30 PM - Post-Event Reception

Please note that registration for this event is now closed. Please email Prudence Ng at to be added to the guest list.

Barbara Dick
Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations
University of Toronto

cordially invites you to a thought-provoking presentation by

Professor Mark Kingwell
Department of Philosophy
University of Toronto

Do Robots Have Rights?

AI has already stoked fears about surveillance and mass unemployment. Yet the possibility of creating AIs that think and feel—sentient AIs—raises difficult questions. How should we treat them? Do they have legal rights? Do we also pose a threat to them? Prof. Kingwell’s talk explores the ethics and politics of sentient AIs.

About Mark Kingwell

  • Contributing editor, Harper’s Magazine, and winner of two National Magazine Awards
  • Author of several national bestsellers, including Better Living and The World We Want, as well as a recent release, Wish I Were Here, about boredom and technology in the 21st century
  • Media commentator on political, cultural and aesthetic theory

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