Digital (Im)mortality Conference: Philosophy, Ethics and Design

Digital (Im)mortality: Philosophy, Ethics and Design is a conference hosted by the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence



The development of digital technologies has led to an explosion of interest in radical life-extension and immortalisation strategies; strategies that are in turn spurring philosophical and social movements, artistic interventions, marketing promises and industry investment. Understanding these developments demands new interdisciplinary dialogues. The aim of this conference is therefore to explore novel ideas, frameworks, and theories of digital life-extension and immortalisation strategies, alongside the practical, legal, and ethical challenges that they pose.

The conference is divided into three parts which provide the conceptual framework of our discussion: (1) philosophy of digital immortality, where we examine new concepts, theories and ideas to describe and analyse the emerging phenomenon of digital life-extension and immortality; (2) design for immortality, where we explore more diverse and creative ways of conceptualising the impact of digital technologies on our ideas of human lifespans and legacies, and lastly; (3) law and ethics of digital immortality, in which we confront these ideas with their (potential) legal and ethical challenges and solutions, especially in terms of issues such as postmortal privacy, access, control, and identity.

We aim to create a space for meaningful and cutting-edge discussion, bringing together thinkers, artists, lawyers, and practitioners to investigate (im)mortality in the digital age.

All are welcome. This is an online only event, and participation is free.

About the Organizers

Stephen Cave – Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, UK. His research focuses on philosophy of technology, in particular critical perspectives on AI, robotics and life-extension. His 2012 book Immortality was a New Scientist book of the year, and has been translated into many languages.

Katarzyna Nowaczyk-Basińska – PhD candidate, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland, and Visiting Scholar, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge, UK. She graduated from journalism, theater studies, and interactive media and performances. Her research intersects the fields of death studies, cultural studies, and new technologies. Currently, she leads the individual grant Immortality. Technocultural Strategies of Contemporary Times funded by the Polish National Science Center.

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Nov 19 2021


5:30 am - 11:30 am

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