Spotlight of Dr. Blay Whitby and Brian Earp who will both be talking on our #FUTUREHUMANS panel on Friday.

Both Dr. Whitby and Brian have joined us at the The Explorers CLUB before.

Dr Blay Whitby is a philosopher and ethicist concerned with the social impact of new and emerging technologies. He is a leading researcher in the field and the author of many books, chapters and papers on the subject including “On Computable Morality”, “Reflections on Artificial Intelligence: The Legal, Moral and Ethical Dimensions and “Artificial Intelligence, A Beginner’s Guide”.

Dr Whitby is a member of the Strategic Ethics Committee of BCS The Chartered Institute of IT and ethical advisor to the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Blay's talk : Do You Want a Robot Lover? Went down extremely well at the club and I'm looking forward to Blay and Brian discussing the future of love and relationships with the advancements in romantic and intimate technology in mind.

Brian is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. His work is cross-disciplinary, following training in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, history and sociology of science and medicine, and ethics. 

Brian Earp's last talk with us was concerning health ethics and neuroenhancements for love and romance, such as oxytocin nasal sprays and MDMA used in relationship counselling. 

He also discussed the dampening effects both depression and antidepressants can have on libido and the ability to emotionally connect with your partner and the prevalence of 'chemically enhanced marriages'. 

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