Speaker Series


"Searching for Spirit in the Machine"

Transhumanism: "Searching for Spirit in the Machine"





  • Father Eric Salobir is a Roman Catholic priest and General Promoter of Communications to the Order of Preachers. As a consultor for the Pontifical Council, a member of the delegation of the Holy See at UNESCO, and president of the global OPTIC Research Network, Fr. Salobir operates at the forefront of values-driven research by facilitating dialogues between scientific and religious communities.

  • The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is a Buddhist monk and the director of the Ethics initiative at the MIT Media Lab. As the president and CEO of the MIT Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, and the founding president of the worldwide humanitarian ‘Prajnopaya’ Foundation, he promotes research and program design to facilitate broader and deeper understanding of ethics and empathy adherence.

  • Joi Ito is the director of the Center for Radical Transformation at the Chiba Institute of Technology, where he has served as a trustee since January 2022. He is the co-founder, board member and chief architect of Digital Garage. Ito is also a co-founder of and a board member of the non-profit, Safecast, a primarily volunteer-run platform that publishes and advocates for open environmental data.

Event agenda

~ 05 min - Welcome and Introduction
~ 55 min - Discussion


Monday 4th September, 2022, 14:00-15:00 JST (9:00-10:30 CEST)
Location: Chiba Institute of Technology, Tsudanuma Campus
The session was held in English.