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Emerging tech to create “new ethics” for humankind: MEWS 2023

Emerging tech to create “new ethics” for humankind: MEWS 2023

In recent years emerging technologies have been pervasive in many major industries around the world. Whether it’s blockchain used to help combat climate change or artificial intelligence (AI) projected to drive economic growth.

At the Metaverse Entertainment Worlds (MEWS) conference in Monaco, Cointelegraph sat down with Dr. Stephen Castell to discuss how emerging technologies are creating new ethics, changing the game for banks and more.

Castell is an expert witness in class action lawsuits in the United States and Ph.D. in mathematics, who has been recently involved in major lawsuits involving crypto giants like Voyager and Binance.

Cointelegraph Editor-in-Chief Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr in conversation with Dr. Stephen Castell at MEWS 2023.

The legal expert began the talk by highlighting trust as a foundational theme in the emerging tech space. He tied trust to the recent banking crisis in the U.S. and commented that this was also a “fundamental idea of a bank” at its conception.

However, banks now “basically run on a bad business model,” he said. He pointed out that although the crypto community has visions to revolutionize the financial system through technological innovation, there needs to be regulation.

“Just because it’s crypto is different, there still are laws to protect investors which govern crypto investments as much as they do any other potential investment.”

When it comes to emerging technologies like AI, Castell predicts that banks will be at the “forefront” of the adoption of such technology. 

“The banks are going to try and do it for the benefit of themselves,” he said. “To be safe, to have safe money, to have good investments, not to lose, not to go bust, not to solve the conundrum of what they do on a bank run.”

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Castell continued to point out that, aside from benefiting banks, the introduction of AI into humanity will cause the “ democratization and commoditization of intelligence.”

“It means that any human on the planet, maybe even some animals too, can be just as intelligent and as creative as the most intelligent and most creative person  that there’s ever been.”

He suggested that humans will need to be “socialized” with AI, and other emerging technologies like the metaverse, in order for it to be useful. 

“It’s still going to do something for us. Useful, valuable, exciting, productive. It’s got to do all of those things if…

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