Opening of the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Humans, the Future of Society and Religion

Opening of the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Humans, the Future of Society and Religion

3-Day International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Human, Future of Society and Religion inaugurated at St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru on Friday 18th November 2022

Mangaluru: An ancient Chinese proverb goes like this: “When the wind of change blows, some build walls and others build windmills.” It is truly true to the world we live in where centuries of developments, inventions, innovations and revolutions have given birth to this race of men where staying ahead of the curve is the only priority. While many built walls to break themselves from the changing perspective of what they believed in, many others broke the illusion of blind faith and built windmills. Science has always been synonymous with true innovation at odds with faith and religion. But when people discovered its true essence they realized, scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no contradiction between science and religion because both are searching for the same truth.

From the Catholic Church’s hounding of Galileo Galilei for his heliocentric beliefs, questioning people’s faith, to studying theology to understand contemporary interactions between science and religion, the world has come a long way. But somewhere after that, religion and faith started to fall out of favor with millennials, and now Gen Z has anchored their lives towards science — the alphanumeric and algorithm-driven life. This is where the purpose of our gathering here today lies.

The International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human Collectively with Discussion on the Future of Society and Religion organized by the Indian Institute of Science and Religion in collaboration with St Aloysius Independent College, Mangaluru and Chancellor of Christian University Mangalore held today (Friday, November 18) brings back elements that have been diminishing in the field of science parents. The place witnessed a highly intellectual dialogue between science and religion that people in the fast-paced world might have overlooked. Mangaluru is considered as the cradle of education and has witnessed many educated men, however the city is still a bit conservative when it comes to things like the transformation of religion and the transformation of science even in the modern world. Hence such dialogue in the city of intellectuals, where the logic of these men is still rooted in religious faith and pragmatic perspective towards science, is really the need of the hour.

St Aloysius College is an institution run by the Jesuit community for the first time in its 142 years of existence it has initiated such dialogue between the oracles to reintroduce the truths of science and religion to the people of Mangaluru. We are pleased to have this great event in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science and Religion, which is involved in harmoniously and creatively blending the results of modern science and the deepest visions of religions to usher in a better world. The agreement is also supported by the collaborator – Head of Christianity at Mangalore University who intends to study Christianity in a scientific way on par with other branches of knowledge and thus intends to build a community of enlightened people who believe in the universal brotherhood of man. There is no doubt that all intellectuals and participants will take the maximum from the abundance of ideas that will be presented in a dialogue between experts.

The program began with a prayer by the college choir invoking God’s blessings, followed by a welcome dance by Miss Saanvi and a welcome dance group. The dignitaries on the podium are: Dr. Anand Kumar K. – Assistant Professor of Information Technology, NITK-Surathkal (Guest Principal) Sr. Melwin Pinto SJ – Head of St. Aloysius Institutions, Mangaluru; R’souza – Chair Chair at Christiam=nity EV Dr Job Kozhamthadam – Executive Director, IISR, Delhi (Keynote Speaker); Rev. Dr. Pravin Martis SJ- Principal of St. Aloysius College; Rev. Dr. Evan D’Souza – Chair of Christianity, University of Mangalore; and Ms. Flora Swans, Dean of Training, Employment and Careers, St Aloysius College, symbolically opened the event by lighting the traditional lamp.

The welcome address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Pravin Martis SJ, Principal of the College, after which Ms. Florna Swans, event organizer, introduced the chief guest. Anand Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Technology, National Institute of Technology – Karnataka. His area of ​​interest includes natural language processing, machine translation systems for Indian languages, machine learning, deep learning for natural language processing, and text analytics. He has more than 150 research articles (Scopus indexed) to his credit published in reputable international journals and conference proceedings. He has received about 1,200 citations from Google Scholars for his research papers.

Completed the “Computing Tools for Tamil Language Learning and Teaching” project funded by the Government of Tamil Nadu, the “Tamil-Malayalam Translation Translation System” consultancy project for Sharp Software Development Ltd. and the “Identification and Extraction of Questions and Answers from Unstructured Documents” consultancy project with EduMinster (USA). He also edited a special issue of Neural Machine Translation. In Intelligent Systems Journal. He has developed NLP tools and resources (POS tags, morphological parser, generator, machine translation) for Tamil and other Dravidian languages. Awarded the ‘Best Faculty Award’ (CSE- junior) South India 2017, Research Excellence Award from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapitham, in January 2018 and Young Scientist Award 2016 in the field of NLP.

Addressing the audience, Dr. M. Anand Kumar said, “Robots are starting to cross that line from completely primitive movement to movement that resembles animal or human behavior.” Quote, JJ Abrams. Robots were mainly created in the early 1950s, and today they are known as a self-running machine with precisely trained and labeled inputs, and their ubiquity. The evolution of machine intelligence shows a wide range of hierarchies from the time it was first created. Introduced to be deployed in factories for industrial use, it is not easy to find a sector where robots are not used today. In their early days, robots were only designed to perform a trained set of repetitive tasks. By that time, bots were running exclusively on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The 2000s tracked the use of artificial intelligence in digitally programmed industrial robots. The global scenario has changed widely since then. The skillful integration of machine learning (AI) and robotics has been developed to enhance the purported scope of machine intelligence, enabling intact human insight to detect powerful stimuli. Massive algorithms and data sets are in the process of developing the potential of robots into human-like vision. The specialty of artificial intelligence and machine learning is as pervasive as electricity in the modern contemporary world and hence its use in robotics is also gaining importance. AI teaches functions such as spatial relationships, object grasping, computer vision, motion control, etc., in robots to make them understand and act on unseen data and situations. These functions can be broadly assimilated into four categories: vision, grasping, motion control, and data,” added Dr Kumar.

Dr. Sunagaria Means – Vice Chancellor of Kanha Momo-Dumka University who was supposed to be the guest of honour, but could not attend, gave her speech via zoom, which was applauded by the audience. Rector Father Melwyn Pinto SJ who endorsed this great virtue of all the rectors succeeded in imbuing the values ​​of humility, simplicity and religious morality in every individual who becomes part of this institution and was undoubtedly one of the strong pillars for the establishment of Jesuit values ​​among the students he delivered his presidential address. A vote of thanks was suggested by Father Evan D’Souza, Chair of Christianity at the University of Mangalore, and the program was compared with eloquence and thoroughness by Ms. Meshal D’Souza – a student of the Ministry of Commerce, St Alois/US College.

Reverend Dr. Job Kozamthdam, a visionary personality, is known for his immense contribution in the field of bridging the gap between science and religion and has authored several books in this regard. This symposium is the brainchild of Father’s Job which is being conducted by the Indian Institute of Science and Religion, Delhi. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Science, Cosmology, Science, and Religion, and delivered the keynote address at the symposium. Reverend Job Kozamthdam, Director of the International Ismaili Studies Institute, Delhi, said: “To be like God has been a dream of many human beings since the dawn of civilization. The astounding strides modern science has made over the past 400 years, and especially over the last 100 years, seem to give human beings So much hope that this dream is within their reach. No other breakthrough in science and technology is more reassuring in this context than Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially when combined with robotics and human technology.”

How can science make them conscious? More deeply, can science make them conscious at all? The fundamental question lies at its root: What is consciousness? Again, we only have a phenomenological understanding of consciousness. We only have certain reliable criteria or indicators for revealing that the being in question is conscious. The true nature or ontology of this phenomenon remains a mystery. Another area of ​​concern in this context is the impact of AI bots and humans on society. What are some of the accompanying consequences? How will the current society deal with them creatively and responsibly? Can we consider these new creatures to be people like us? If so, can we consider them moral agents able to know and freely choose their preferences? “.

“There is no doubt that some of these smart robots will be very useful in the fields of industry, space exploration, advanced medical interventions, etc. It is also certain that such facilities will be very expensive and will exceed even the dreams of ordinary people. Chances are that the main beneficiaries, If not exclusive, of these newcomers will be the super rich and super caring. Ordinary people will just be left to watch and wonder! Will this scenario widen the gap between the rich and the poor? These and related issues will be studied and critically evaluated by a team of scholars international and national participants in the symposium, which will last for 3 days, ”added Father Job.

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