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Matthieu Ricard talks with Sujeev Shakya about future of compassion  


Kathmandu, 25 November (2019) – In a series of debates and talk programs designed to stimulate thinking and get the ideas and knowledge flowing, on Sunday a joint event was organized by the French Embassy in Nepal and BEED Knowledge Center on the “Future of Compassion in the context of Artificial Intelligence and Technology” in which the French Buddhist monk and writer, Matthieu Ricard, was in conversation with Sujeev Shakya.

During the conversation, Ricard admired the resilience of Nepali people as they get through everything in life. There has not been lasting hatred and believes that it is a part of the Nepali culture.

Ricard highlighted that a common platform, even before religion, is goodness and a good heart which is most needed for people to come together despite the challenges of technology.  In Ricard’s point of view, artificial intelligence is a method of calculation and not a being and hence no element of experience.

For Sujeev, a lot of evolution has taken place over the years and although Buddhism and science have evolved to come together, it has always been about the human mind and people.  Sujeev emphasized that, technology has encroached our life in an unprecedented level, resulting a conflict with our notion of a shared world and a shared future.

The conversation started with the French Ambassador to Nepal, Mr. François – Xavier LEGER giving the opening remarks.

The conversation would be available online at the Embassy’s and BEED’s websites in the beginning of December.

The attendees included Heads of Mission and representatives from various embassies, researchers, students and people from the private sector.

The French Embassy and the BEED Knowledge Center thank Bidhata KC for providing the art works, Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha for curating and Karuna-Shechan for supporting the event as well as Hotel Himalaya for kindly hosting the event.