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Martin Hellman speaks at meeting of Nobel Laureates

The Heidelberg Lecturer at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in July, Hellman called for scientists and laureates to accelerate the trend toward more ethical behavior.

Martin Hellman speaks at meeting of Nobel Laureates

July 16, 2019

Hellman discusses “The Technological Imperative for Ethical Evolution” | Image courtesy of Julia Nimke

Martin E. Hellman was the Heidelberg Lecturer at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LINO19). The annual, week-long event occurs each summer on Germany’s Lindau Island. Nobel Laureates are invited to the meeting, along with select young scientists. The Heidelberg Lecture is given by one of the Heidelberg Laureates, the winners of the top prizes in mathematics and computer science. Professor Hellman became a Heidelberg Laureate when he received the ACM Turing Award in 2015 for joint work with Whitfield Diffie, for making critical contributions to modern cryptography.

Martin’s lecture, “The Technological Imperative for Ethical Evolution” called for scientists and laureates to accelerate the trend toward more ethical behavior. Hellman drew parallels between global and personal relationships as a foundation to build trust and security — regardless of past adversarial history. He shared 8 lessons from his own personal and professional evolution.

Martin encouraged #LINO19 attendees to revisit the Mainau Declaration of 1955 and the Mainau Declaration of 2015, thereby underscoring the efforts of prior attendees — and the responsibilities of today’s attendees — to consider global and future consequences when making decisions and to appeal to decision-makers to do the same.

Hellman’s Heidelberg Lecture is available in its entirety here.

The 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting hosted 39 laureates and 600 young scientists from 89 countries — the highest number to date. This year’s meeting was dedicated to physics. The key topics were dark matter and cosmology, laser physics and gravitational waves.