Right Livelihood Lecture - Nicanor Perlas

Right Livelihood Laureate Lecture

Humanity's Last Stand:
The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence  

An Evening With Nicanor Perlas, Right Livelihood Award Laureate

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
Doors open at 6:55, Event starts at 7:15 PM
UC Santa Cruz, Kresge Classroom 321

Due to popular response, event time and location have been updated 

Lecture with Nicanor Perlas, followed by panel discussion with
Anthony Aguirre, Associate Professor of Physics, 
Lise Getoor, Professor of Computer Science, and
Sikina Jinnah, Associate Professor of Politics




Free and open to the public. Please click on the registation button above to RSVP.

Directions and parking information included below.

Questions? Contact David Shaw at daveshaw@ucsc.edu.


UC Santa Cruz is also hosting a week-long summer institute with Right Livelihood Award laureate Nicanor Perlas, who received the "alternative Nobel" in 2003 for his work opposing corporate globalization. 

The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence

The 21st century is the Age of Science and Technology. It is also the Age in which humanity faces a unique and unprecedented challenge. This is the challenge of Artificial Intelligence (AI). If properly developed and aligned with the values of humanity, AI will bring tremendous benefits to society. However, if AI is used inappropriately, it could undermine human civilization and, ultimately, with the emergence of Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI), lead to the extinction of humanity. Scientists, philosophers and engineers call this latter possibility the “alignment challenge” or "existential risk" of AI. The fate of our future lies literally in our hands. In navigating the turbulent waters of extreme technology in the 21st century, two sources of hope are visible in the horizon: new more ethical developments from within science and technology itself, and the rapid and widespread emergence of societal change agents, whether they are activists in the realm of culture and civil society, visionary legislators in the realm of polity and government, or enlightened entrepreneurs in the realm of the economy and business. Join us on June 6th for a lecture and discussion, and July 8-12 during our summer institute for the full “deep dive” weeklong seminar experience to explore these unprecedented challenges and possibilities.

About Nicanor Perlas

rla-roundel-cmyk.png Nicanor Perlas received the Right Livelihood Award in 2003 "...for his outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects of corporate globalisation, and how alternatives to it can be implemented." Click here for details.

Nicanor Perlas is an adviser, global activist, writer and speaker on artificial intelligence, globalization, societal threefolding, Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD), post-materialist science or the second and more spiritual scientific revolution, leadership, and self-mastery. He has advised global civil society networks, social enterprises, UN and Philippine government agencies, including the Office of the President. He headed global and national civil society networks, that were responsible for stopping 12 nuclear power plants, banning 32 pesticide formulations, and mainstreaming sustainable development, including organic farming in the Philippines, thereby educating citizens worldwide on their inherent power to create a better world.

He has written over 500 articles, monographs, and books including Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding, an international bestseller, translated in 9 languages as well as Humanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence, A Spiritual Scientific Response. He has been a plenary speaker on a diverse range of topics, in over 100 global conferences in 25 countries and 130 national conferences in the Philippines. Perlas was recently Undersecretary Designate for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He is a member of the Philippine Senate Technical Working Group on Artificial Intelligence and is helping the mayors of seven cities and towns practice participatory governance and direct democracy by empowering altogether more than 300,000 citizens to collectively embark on sustainable development. For the global impact of his work, he has been given, among others, the Outstanding Filipino Award (TOFIL), UNEP’S Global 500 Award and the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize). 

Please scroll down for videos with Mr. Perlas.


rla-logo-cmyk.pngThe Right Livelihood Award—widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’—was established in 1980 to honor and support courageous people and organizations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems. In addition to presenting the annual award, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation also supports the work of its laureates, particularly those whose lives may be in danger due to the nature of their activities.



rlc-logo-cmyk.pngUC Santa Cruz is the one and only Right Livelihood College Campus in North America. By linking activists and academics, the collaboration highlights UC Santa Cruz's trailblazing leadership in service of people and the planet, and makes vital contributions to the intellectual life of the campus and community. We are based at the Institute for Social Transformation, in collaboration with Kresge College. Contact us to get involved.



Follow signs to the West Entrance. Then follow signs to the Core West Parking Structure. On the Second Floor, there will be attendants selling parking permits for $5. Link to West Entrance/Core West Parking MapWalk from the parking structure to the bridge. Cross the bridge to Kresge College then walk to Kresge Classroom 321. 


Thank you to the Institute for Social Transformation; Division of Social Sciences; Kresge College Common Ground Center; Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute; Politics Department; Environmental Studies Department; Sociology Department; Everett Program; Science & Justice Research Center; Anthropology Department; and Computer Science and Engineering Department for making this event happen.








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