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.
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 […]
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 […]
February 15, 2016: Read article in Huffington Post Tech. “There are numerous novel technologies that will change society and empower individuals — but they have a dark side that’s all too frequently overlooked…We know all too well that technical expertise doesn’t guarantee balanced rationality… The rising empowerment of tech-savvy groups or individuals with bio and cybertechnology […]
February 17, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Humans have driven species to extinction through our hunger, our ignorance, our desire for economic growth, and our indifference. Will one species of mosquito be the first we eliminate for humanitarian reasons?