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Tenzin Priyadarshi: Religious and Ethical Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence.

Stanford's Office for Religious Life brings Tenzin Priyadarshi to deliver the 2018 Roger W. Heyns Lecture. His lecture is entitled, "Religious and Ethical Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence." 

Established at Memorial Church in 1994, the Roger W. Heyns Lecture in Religion and Society, is an annual event that features a major speaker focusing on the problems and challenges facing religion and community.

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is an innovative thinker, philosopher, educator and a polymath monk. He is Director of the Ethics Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and President & CEO of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a center dedicated to inquiry, dialogue, and education on the ethical and humane dimensions of life. 

Venerable Tenzin’s unusual background encompasses entering a Buddhist monastery at the age of ten and receiving graduate education at Harvard University with degrees ranging from Philosophy to Physics to International Relations. He is a Tribeca Disruptive Fellow and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. 

For his full biography, visit

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Thursday, February 1, 2018. 05:00PM


Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall


Stanford Office of Religious Life, Stanford Humanities Center


Free and open to the public