What happens when AI and cooperation science collide?

Broadcast DECEMBER 19, 2023 — Watch the video below

Could research on interspecies cooperation transform how we think about living with advanced artificial intelligence in the future? 

Join us for a live streamed conversation on Future of being Human … Unplugged between Athena Aktipis (Arizona State University), Mark Daley (University of Western Ontario), and host Andrew Maynard, as we explore how the emerging science of cooperation sheds light on how we might think about our relationship with AI in the future.


This event was broadcast on December 18, 2023 between 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time


Andrew Maynard (Host)

Andrew is a scientist, author, Professor of Advanced Technology Transitions, and founder of Arizona State University’s Future of Being Human community. He studies the future and how our actions influence it.


Mark Daley

Mark is the Chief AI Officer at Western University, a full professor in the Department of Computer Science with cross-appointments in five other departments, including The Rotman Institute of Philosophy, and The Western Institute for Neuroscience. He is also a faculty affiliate of Toronto’s Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Mark has previously served as the Vice-President, Research at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research(CIFAR), and Associate Vice-President (Research) and Special Advisor to the President at Western.

Mark is the past chair of Compute Ontario and serves on a number of other boards.

Athena Aktipis

Athena Aktipis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University and co-Director of The Cooperation Science Network and The Human Generosity Project.

Athena studies cooperation across systems from human sharing to cancer.

She is also the chair of the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting; host of the podcast, Zombified, author of the book The Cheating Cell: How evolution helps us understand and treat cancer as well as author of the upcoming book A Field Guide to the Apocalypse: A Mostly Serious Guide to Surviving Our Wild Times.

About The Future of Being Human … Unplugged

The Future of Being Human … Unplugged is a series of live streamed conversations that bring together experts and thinkers from very different backgrounds as they explore some of the more intriguing, complex, and profound implications of rapidly developing technological capabilities.

Unscripted, unpredictable, and threaded through with mischievously curiosity, Unplugged aims to push the bounds of how we think about the intersection between advanced technologies, cutting edge science, and the very essence of what it might mean to be human in the future.

And the “Unplugged” bit? We’re unplugging from the usual norms and expectations that so often make online discussions deadly tedious, so no interminable PowerPoint presentations, no long winded opening statements, and no impenetrable monologues – just compelling conversation that’ll make you think.

We’re also unplugging from conventional ideas and often-stifling disciplinary constraints as we explore futures that are anything but conventional.

In other words, expect conversations that engage, entertain, and shake up your world as we explore what it might mean to be human in a technologically complex future!