September 21, 2016: Read article in the New York Times. “Here’s a question I’m hoping comes up at Monday’s presidential debate: Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump, what would you do about self-driving trucks?…According to the boosters, autonomous trucks would avert lots of accidents, saving thousands of lives annually. They could reduce congestion and carbon emissions […]
July 28, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose futuristic biological enhancements that would make them smarter or stronger.
August 10, 2016: Listen to podcast on PBS News Hour. New robotics technologies could one day enable devices like your smart phone to read your mood, giving us new levels of insight into human emotions.
February 2016: Watch video on Ted.com. Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and […]
July 13, 2016. Listen on Soundcloud. This podcast from “Flash Forward” explores the physical and ethical reasons for and against legalizing various pharmaceutical products, including performance enhancing drugs and illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.
June 2, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. A group of scientists have proposed a research plan to fabricate the human genome, but their proposal does not tackle any of the looming ethical difficulties of such an endeavor. However, one of the main authors of the proposal has made his viewpoint clear in a […]
June 3, 2016: Read article in Japan Times. In a recent conference, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that “artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant ‘neural laces’ in their brains to keep up…It brings up the question, are we human anymore if we are […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]