Dr Edward H. Spence to give talk in Sydney on the rise of ‘Intelligent Machines’


The 42nd Greek Festival of Sydney has set the stage for a profound exploration into the convergence of ancient wisdom and modern technology. On Wednesday, 10 April 2024 at 7:30 pm, esteemed playwright Dr Edward H. Spence will lead an engaging examination of this theme at the Greek Theatre – Mantouridion in Marrickville, Sydney.

The event, titled “Wisdom, and the Rise of Intelligent Machines,” will feature a captivating talk by Dr Spence, followed by a performance of the thought-provoking play “Logos Unbound.” Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion with Dr Spence and fellow audience members.

Drawing from Greek philosophy, including insights from luminaries such as Plato and the Stoics, Dr Spence will delve into how these ancient teachings can provide valuable perspectives on the role of wisdom in our lives. Moreover, the event will tackle the pertinent question: Can artificial intelligence agents, like ChatGPT, Bard, and Pi, truly acquire wisdom? Despite their impressive capabilities, can AI machines ever attain the level of wisdom embodied by philosophical giants like Socrates?

“We are at a crucial juncture where technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, raising profound questions about the nature of wisdom and its relationship with artificial intelligence,” Dr Spence says.

“By examining the timeless wisdom of ancient Greek philosophy, we can gain invaluable insights into navigating the complexities of our modern, AI-driven world.”

Attendees can expect an intellectually stimulating evening that encourages deep reflection and meaningful dialogue. Whether you’re a seasoned philosopher, a technology enthusiast, or simply curious about the intersection of wisdom and AI, this event promises to be both enlightening and thought-provoking.

Event Details:

Key Personnel:

  • Director: Nino LoGiudice
  • Event Manager: Kaye Spence
  • Actors: Werrdan Khouri, Myriam Khouri, and Leo Ellinas

For more information on the programme and to book tickets to selected events, please visit www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au




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