Event Type



Virtual Access

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

4:00 pm EST

The State of Machine Learning

Congressional On-Site Viewing (Virtual), 4:00 pm EST View Replay

An artificial intelligence does not necessarily have to think like a human being. How do current AIs approach questions of cognition and meaningful analysis? What are other ways that an intelligent AI might perceive and understand the world?

Type: Panel

Friday, December 17, 2021

10:00 am EST

Legal and Actuarial Supernatural Hypotheticals

Forum Room, 10:00 am EST *

What does a lifetime annuity mean to the undead? Are werewolves responsible for their actions during the full moon if they contracted lycanthropy by accident? Do mermaids have standing to bring citizen suits under the Clean Water Act? Do vampire thralls run afoul of anti-slavery laws? Not actual legal advice. Results may vary. Please contact your local coven before attempting to bargain with the fae.

Type: Panel

11:30 am EST

Holding Superheroes Accountable

Empire Ballroom, 11:30 am EST View Replay

For superheroes to feel heroic, we want them to fight evil while remaining above the moral fray. But in many comics and comic book films, superheroes cross moral lines. How do we ethically evaluate heroes who act immorally, like Batman torturing villains, Wanda holding an entire town hostage, or Wonder Woman sexually assaulting a mind-controlled bystander? How can we talk about these stories in a way that holds heroes accountable for their immoral actions?

Type: Panel

2:30 pm EST

Sublight Diplomacy

Forum Room, 2:30 pm EST *

Conflict and peacemaking, setting or altering territorial boundaries, regulating trade, resolving disputes of all kinds, the protection of citizens abroad, protection of investments and protection from exploitation, promises of cooperation and mutual assistance—most forms of diplomacy (and even the need for diplomacy at all) are predicated on close contact and rapid communication. How do you conduct interstellar diplomacy without FTL travel, or at least FTL communication? Why would you want to?

Type: Panel
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