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.
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 […]
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?
January 25, 2015: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Scientists in China say they used genetic engineering to create monkeys with a version of autism, and they now plan to attempt to reverse the symptoms by erasing the genetic error in live animals using new genome-editing technologies such as CRISPR. They hope that this work will one day […]
January 28, 2016: Read article in the Genetic Literacy Project. Vanessa Smith, a representative of the London Sperm Bank recently gave a press conference following allegations of discrimination. The sperm bank rejected a dyslexic donor, as dyslexia is one of many disqualifying neurological conditions for sperm donations. Speaking on behalf of the company, Smith said, “We are […]
December 10, 2015: Read article in Genetic Literacy Project. MIT Media Lab graduate Will Patrick has designed a prototype desktop bioreactor that could enable the production of pharmaceutical drugs at home, such as antidepressants, insulin, and other drugs needed on a regular basis by patients. His research begs the question: Should the masses be trusted with the ability to […]
November 13, 2015: Read article in Genetic Literacy Project. As bioenhancement technologies allow people with disabilities to regain normal human capabilities, they will also allow for frivolous and unnecessary enhancements. However, author David Warmflash argues that moral conversations surrounding bioenhancements must always center around those with disabilities who are “seeking not to be enhanced, but merely restored.”