Buddhism & Intelligent Technology with Peter Herschock and Pema Khandro
With Pema Khandro and Peter D. Hershock
June 22, 2021
Is the purpose of AI to reduce pain and suffering? What is the ethical use of technology? How does technology reshape human relationships? The relationship with technology has had a profound impact on our lives. Our attention spans, ethics and even daily activities have been transformed by interactions with intelligent technologies. This dialogue explores overlaps between Buddhist thought and technology.
Pema Khandro is an internationally renowned teacher and scholar of Buddhist philosophy. Ordained in the Nyingma lineage, enthroned as a tulku, and trained as an academic, her teachings celebrate the dynamic coalescence of tradition and the modern context. She is the founder of Ngakpa International and its three projects: The Buddhist Studies Institute, Dakini Mountain and the Yogic Medicine Institute. In her work as a Buddhist teacher she is an authorized Lama and lineage holder of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions and was enthroned to carry on the lineage of her predecessor, the first Pema Khandro, an early twentieth century…
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PETER D. HERSHOCK is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program and Coordinator of the Humane AI Initiative at the East-West Center in Honolulu, as well as adjunct graduate faculty in Philosophy at the University of Hawai`i. His philosophical work makes use of Buddhist conceptual resources to address contemporary issues of global concern. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books on Buddhism, Asian philosophy and contemporary issues, including: Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (1999); Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (2006); Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable…
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