My Blog Posts

2013 14/Sep

In the spirit of valuing freedom of thought in the face of scientific advancement and expansion of human potential, how much room is there for religious debate?  What are the relevant and logical ethical arguments to consider in the face of scientific progress?  These interrelated questions underlie the continuing tension between religion, human morality, and […]

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2013 10/Sep

The artificial intelligence (AI) field is full of forward thinkers; in the midst of moving ahead, some are particularly grounded in addressing the very real philosophical issues that continue to persist in the world of AI.  Dr. Karl F. MacDorman, Roboticist and Researcher at Indiana University, is a “healthy skeptic”, specifically when it comes to […]

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2013 6/Sep

“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be…”Isaac Asimov, 1978  Isaac Asimov, the Russian-born American author and biochemist, was onto something simple yet […]

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2013 2/Sep

When I first think of robots in the workforce, I can’t help but mentally form the introductory scene of some future-oriented sitcom, with a silver-plated, two-legged robot coming through the front door, briefcase in hand and shouting in digitized monotones, “Honey, I’m home!”  As silly and culturally-bound as this image may be, the overall picture […]

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2013 28/Aug

Authenticity is an oft-used and seemingly coveted word in the English language.  The idea of, the meaning or the essence behind “authenticity”, might be perceived as common to the universal human experience, but how do we come to an agreed upon definition of the word, which seems to hold different meanings for different cultures and […]

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2013 24/Aug

Author and Professor Dr. Kevin LaGrandeur of the New York Institute of Technology was an early embracer of Internet technology in the 1990’s, specifically interested in the utility of digital technology and how it could enhance education.  Combined with his love of literature – he’s an English professor – these divergent interests led to an […]

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2013 21/Aug

We live in a world where death is inevitable – or is it?  This question is the fulcrum on which the life extension movement pivots.  Dr. Ilia Stambler is one of the forward-thinking advocates for reshaping the way that human kind perceives the human life span and in turn, the meaning of life and death. […]

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2013 21/Aug

“It’s alive!” The famous words of Dr. Frankenstein still ring in our ears as we imagine an inhuman, giant green man sit up strait, arms stretched forward. Though the scene incites fear of the dangerous and dark power of the monster. More than, anything, I think that the scene should incite a sense of responsibility. […]

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2013 27/Jul

Dr. Jordi Vallverdú is a professor and renown researcher at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). His specialty area is the domain of synthetic emotion. His current research is dedicated to the epistemological, ethical, gender, and educational aspects of Philosophy of Computing and Science. I’m happy we were able to catch up, and I’ve included my email correspondence […]

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2013 8/Jul

Before Wendell Wallach’s present position as Lecturer at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, he founded two computer consulting companies. He’s the author of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press 2009), which focuses on laying the groundwork for the field of study in robot ethics / machine morality. In my interview with Wendell, we […]

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