How to Be Good: Why You Can’t Teach Human Values to Artificial Intelligence

April 2016: Read article in Slate. Artificially intelligent machines will soon be in situations where they have to make values-based decisions. For example, if a self-driving car must make a choice between protecting its passengers or pedestrians, the programmers of the self-driving vehicle must give it a definite answer. The question is not whether machines can be made to obey human values but which humans ought to decide those values. Ultimately, what gives Western, well-off, white male cisgender scientists the right to determine how the machine encodes and develops human...

Would YOU Want to Live Forever?

April 21, 2016: Read article in the Daily Mail.  Ray Kurzweil, an author who describes himself as a futurist and works on Google’s machine learning project, predicts that by 2029, humans will be extending their lives considerably or even indefinitely. He also believes the human brain could be enhanced by tiny robotic implants that connect to cloud-based computer networks to give us ‘God-like’...

Chinese Researchers Experiment with Making HIV-Proof Embryos

April 8, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Scientists in China recently completed an unsuccessful experiment aimed at modifying human embryos to resist HIV. Modifying embryos has been a hot topic of debate among scientists worldwide, with some saying modification is dangerous and wrong and others saying the risks are worth the possibility of preventing genetic diseases and improving human...

Podcast: Love at First Bot

In this episode of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future, we explore the very real possibility of sex robots and potential challenges of that new era of human sexuality, including: human identity, avoiding the uncanny valley, logistics, liability for injury, avoiding hacking,...

Would You MARRY A Robot?

February 12, 2016: Read article in The Daily Mail. As robotics and artificial intelligence progresses towards ever more lifelike humanoid robots, friendships and even romantic relationships could become possible between humans and robots. What consequences does this change pose for our definitions of friendship, love, and...