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8th World Youth Buddhist Symposium: “AI and Buddhism”
July 25 - July 28
Artificial Intelligence and Buddhism
The Eighth World Youth Buddhist Symposium
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Cherntawan International Meditation Center
World Youth Buddhist Society
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Chiang Mai Campus
The Center for the Study of Chan Buddhism and Human Civilization of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
PolyU Buddhist Studies Group PUBSG
A.I. is permeating our day-to-day lives. It is poised to dramatically change everything from how we pay on our iPhoneX, to who we befriend (say, a humanoid like ‘Sophia’), to whether we still enjoy playing chess with AlphaGo, to how we meditate like a Zen master at the push of a button…
We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that is transforming the way we live, work, and worship at exponential speed. Boosted by the ‘almighty’ algorithms, the transformation, in its scale, scope, and complexity, is unlike anything humankind has experienced before.
The idea that human history is approaching a ‘singularity’—that ordinary humans will be outsmarted and overtaken by A.I. machines—has moved from the realm of science fiction to reality. Thus, how may Buddhism actively embrace the emerging challenges and opportunities in the age of A.I.? It’s time for us to examine the impacts of A.I. on our consciousness, cognitive liberty, states of mind, and ultimately, the path to enlightenment.
This symposium has invited renowned academic researchers and influential spiritual leaders to reflect on A.I and Buddhism.
Academic scholars, university students and recent graduates from multiple disciplines, as well as members of Dharma centers or spiritual groups are welcome to participate in the symposium either by submitting a paper or simply registering as an audience member.
The organizers will provide all accepted attendees (paper authors and audience members) accommodation, meals and local transportation during the conference period for free.
The program includes interfaith dialogues, keynote speeches, academic research presentation, WeSpeak, discussion panels, meditation sessions and a sightseeing tour etc.