ICSA X. World Congress: "DNA + AI Superintelligence: A Perfect Dystopia?"

October 19, 2024

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                           CALL  FOR  PAPERS ICSA X. WORLD CONGRESS


              PASADENA,  CALIFORNIA,  USA,  19  October  2024 (Online via Zoom)


                                                 Suggested  Themes:

By the 21st century, humanity is at an inflection point: Advances in AI and genetic engineering promise unprecedented economic transformation, prosperity, leisure, and curing diseases, even expanding the human life span.  But the Fourth Industrial Revolution may also usher in an Orwellian Brave New World.  As fiction becomes fact, Orwell’s telescreen is now the more personalized iPhone that tracks, monitors, and potentially controls its user (China).  Tracking/control may become ubiquitous and inescapable with DNA-based AI, enabling universal tyranny.  Even more ominous are AI’s emergent qualities where AI programs develop new capabilities unknown to humans that concern AI creators.  AI developers at major companies like Alphabet/Google, Microsoft, OpenAI, and Anthropic seek government regulation, but retain an optimistic mind-set that belies potential challenges of new technologies.  Yet, there is an increasing awareness that superintelligent AI may become smarter than individual humans.  When AI can use Ernest Hemingway’s famous four words, “baby shoes; never worn,” to compose almost instantly a credible human-interest story, and even put it to verse, it reflects an AI genie as a superior poet or novelist.  But AI could just as easily become a “sorcerer’s apprentice.”  A technology that has no soul, conscience or free will may turn against its creators.  The question arises: How can humanity tame the digital behemoth, and prevent a single line of doomsday code by a malevolent agent to end the human saga? Can human creativity control superintelligent AI? In sum, how can AI as a more ethical, humane technology benefit all without becoming humanity's Master?


ICSA X 2024 endeavors to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and denominations for an exciting international conference which takes both scholarship and faith seriously.  ICSA X. World Congress 2024: DNA + Artificial Superintelligence is co-sponsored by IIR-ICSA-JIS in the City of the Roses--the world-famous Tournament of Roses--in sunny Southern California, with many cultural & sightseeing opportunities (Online via Zoom).  All conference participants must pre-register.  Abstracts (250 words) due: May 15, 2024: c/o Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, 1065 Pine Bluff Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA, per e-mail (no attachments) to: [email protected]. Include: Paper Title, First & Last Name, faculty or student, institution, mailing address, telephone & e-mail. Following the conference, fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in the refereed Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXVII 2025.  Web: https://www.jis3.org/icsax2024.

                                                CONFERENCE  STRUCTURE:

       Main Conference Program via Zoom:  Saturday, 19 October 2024.

       Format:  Multidisciplinary panels and papers.

       Keynote: TBA

       Leitmotif:  In search of a more ethical, humane technology that benefits all.

       SponsorsJournal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, International  Christian Studies Association.

       Hosted By:  Omega Graduate School.  Dr. David C. Ward, Zoom Coordinator.

       Registration:  Donation (tax-deductible).  Online Option via PayPal:  Use PayPal Donate

       Button on ICSA X 2024 web:  https://www.jis3.org/icsax2024

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