Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix

November 4th: Ethical Automation: Not an Oxymoron! By Shaun Capehart and Jettie Vanderveen

Sunday Speaker

Automation is here! But is automation good for our world, communities, and Humanist cause?

From self-driving cars to auto-composed text replies, as automation becomes increasingly present in our day-to-day lives there is a generation that is starting a movement to address its inevitable impact.

To begin preparing now for the prospect of a Post-Automation Economy, Shaun and Jettie propose that Ethical Automation — automation implemented with conscious consideration for those that automation may disenfranchise or displace — can provide a new sustainable path forward.

In service of this vision they have founded XEIA (/zey’y?/), an A.I.-driven organization that has committed profit generated from automation to developing a Basic Guaranteed Income.

Before sharing their vision for the future, Shaun and Jettie will share with us a brief history of automation from horses to automobiles and phones to smartphones, and discuss where automation has made life better and where it hasn’t yet.

Once they’ve defined the scope of the challenges our human family must confront Shaun and Jettie will share their revolutionary ideas for running a business with transparency in areas such as: salary, profit, sustainability, licensing and more. It is a multipronged solution to a complex problem confronting our world today.

They will also introduce us to concepts such as Public-Benefit Corporations, Conscious Capitalism, and what steps we can begin taking now. There is hope in Automation!

Come ready to learn and to find out what you can do to impact your local and global communities.

Doors open at 9:00 am for optional buffet breakfast ($5 donation) and socializing. Presentation begins at 10:00 am.

Please consider volunteering to help make this event possible. Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities:

The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix presents its Sunday Speaker meetings twice a month on Sunday mornings.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

A Children's Program is available during the Speaker Meeting. Please see the HSGP Meetup for the Children's Program at this meeting for more information and to RSVP with the number of children attending. Click here:

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Thank you! See you at the HSGP Community Center!

Date: 11/04/2018 (Sun.)

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm MST

Location: 627 W RIO SALADO PKWY MESA, AZ 85201-4009 United States

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Food Preparation & Replenishment 7-9 a.m.; Must be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.

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Food Preparation and Replenishment 7-9 a.m. Do NOT need to be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.

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Set Up Meeting Room 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. (2)

• Set up tables and chairs. • Place tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers, and flower vases on each table. • Set plates, bowls, silverware, etc., on buffet table. • Fill the coffee station with coffee cups, cocoa, and appropriate condiments.

1 of 2 slots filled
Teresa Cokl

Greet and Welcome 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. (3)

• Greet attendees and make them feel welcome. • Distribute badges appropriately. • Offer a tour to new guests who have not visited the community center.


Bring a Casserole/Main Dish 8:45 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. (3)

Bring a casserole or main breakfast dish to the community center by 9:00 am. Don’t have a casserole recipe? Ask us to send you one in your email.

1 of 3 slots filled
Kathy Pettycrew

Humanist Minute Speaker 10:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Share what Humanism means to you through a short reading or other self-expression. Need an idea? Ask us to send you a list of resources in your email.


Cleanup 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (2)

Cleanup: clear tables; clean and store coffee urns and serving dishes; sort and discard trash and recyclables.


Shop for Food (Historically, this has been completed the day before the event.)

• Must be a key holder • Costco membership preferred • Determine need based on donations by food preparation volunteers • Purchase items for Sunday breakfast • Deliver these goods to the HCC


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