Ramanell Center.

Romanell Center Bioethics Workshop, Saturday, July 9, 2022, Park Hall 141, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. UB North Campus. The workshop features presentations by Romanell Fellows and a keynote by Jessica Flanigan (Richmond) “Natalism and the Ethics of Having Children”.

SUMMER WORKSHOP PROGRAM (subject to change)
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Park Hall 141,  9:30am to 6:15pm

9:30–10:30 Steve Kershnar (Romanell Fellow/SUNY Fredonia) “Proportionality in Self-Defense and Vaccination-Mandates”

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Carter Benson (University at Buffalo Graduate Student). Topic: The Ethics of Vaccine Mandates

11:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:45 David Hershenov (Romanell Fellow/University at Buffalo) ‘Why Hybrid Accounts of Personal Identity Can’t Prevent the Counterintuitive Bioethical Consequences of Neo-Lockean and Animalist Accounts”

2:45-3:00. Break

3:00-4:00 James Cordeiro (Pembroke College, Oxford/SUNY Brockport). "Ectogestation-Based Contracting as a Basis for Compromise in Parental Disputes over Abortion?"

4:00-4:15 Break

4:15-6:15 Keynoter - Jessica Flanigan (Richmond) “Natalism and the Ethics of Having Children”

Contact David Hershenov via email   dh25@buffalo.edu  for advance copies of the workshop papers.

Romanell Summer Workshop


Saturday, June 25, 2022 
141 Park Hall, UB North Campus

9:30–10:30 Justice Byron White Memorial Lecture - Steve Gilles (Quinnipiac Law School) Topic: Abortion Law after Dobbs

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Susan B. Anthony Lecture - Teresa Collett (Saint Thomas University Law School) “The Road from Roe”

1:45-2:45 Derek Parfit Memorial Lecture - Finn Wilson (UB Grad Student) “Animalism on the Chopping Block”

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00. Cyril Means Memorial Lecture - Steve Kershnar (Romanell Fellow/SUNY Fredonia) “Proportionality”

4:00-4:15 Break

4:15-6:15 Father Joe Koterski Memorial Keynote Lecture -
Chris Tollefson (USC) “Cell Lines of Illicit Origin and Vaccines: Metaphysics and Ethics”  


Why Machines Will Never Rule The World — Artificial Intelligence Without Fear .
Routledge to publish book by Barry Smith

Barry Smith and Jobst Landgrebe are co-authors of Why Machines Will Never Rule The World — Artificial Intelligence Without Fear (Routledge 2022) The three questions central to this book are:
– What are the essential marks of human intelligence?
– What is it that researchers are trying to do when they talk of achieving ‘Artificial Intelligence’ (AI)?
– To what extent can AI be achieved?

The core argument is that an artificial intelligence with powers of a sort that would equal or exceed human intelligence is for mathematical reasons impossible. The reasons are that

1. intelligence of this sort is a capability of a complex dynamic system (your brain), and such systems cannot be modelled mathematically in a way that yields exact predictions;

2. but only what can be modeled mathematically in this way can be engineered to operate inside a computer.

There is a great deal which AI can achieve that will be of benefit to mankind; but it does not include the work that a human intelligence can do; it does not include AI systems more powerful than humans; and it does not include AI systems which are ‘evil’ in any sense of this word.

One consequence of our argument is that much of what is discussed in the wider world concerning the potential of AI to bring about radical changes in the very nature of human beings and of the human social order is founded on an unfortunate error.

Since retiring from clinical medicine, Jack Freer has been spending more time working on pastel painting. This image depicts a scene in Florence during a 1629-31 outbreak of bubonic plague.

The Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care, established at the University at Buffalo in 1994, is now the Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine. The name change honors the 2003 testimentary gift bestowed by Edna Romanell, while reflecting a focus on bioethics in today's complex health care concerns. As a multi-disciplinary center with a long tradition of coordinating academic activities, the Center is poised to expand collaborative research and experience-based learning at UB to better serve the communities of Western New York, Southern Ontario, and borders beyond our own.


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