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Philosophy and Ethics in an Age of Robots

Ethical Machines?

With the development of smart autonomous machines, maybe even machines that demonstrate a general intelligent and self-aware, there is a need to discuss ethics. This department is tracking the philosophical and ethical side of the second machine age.

From Healthcare to Warfare: How to Regulate Brain Technology

Ethicists from the University of Basel have outlined a new biosecurity framework specific to neurotechnology. While the researchers declare an outright ban of dual-use technology ethically unjustified, they call for regulations aimed at protecting the mental privacy and integrity of humans. The journal Neuron has published the study.

Don’t automate the fun out of life

Imagine you are about to go on vacation. You have been looking forward to it for some time. But your robotic personal assistant has other ideas. It calmly explains to you that it will be cheaper, safer and more efficient for it to take your place on the holiday trip.

Should we fear the rise of drone assassins?

Should we fear the rise of drone assassins? Two experts debate shutterstock. Peter Lee, University of Portsmouth and Steve Wright, Leeds Beckett University A new short film from the Campaign Against Killer Robots warns of a future where weaponised flying drones target...

Report highlights opportunities and risks associated with synthetic biology and bioengineering

Human genome editing, 3D-printed replacement organs and artificial photosynthesis – the field of bioengineering offers great promise for tackling the major challenges that face our society. But as a new article out today highlights, these developments provide both opportunities and risks in the short and long term. Rapid developments in the field of synthetic biology and its associated tools and methods, including more widely available gene editing techniques, have substantially increased our capabilities for bioengineering.

What Is the Computational Power of the Universe?

Can a close look at the universe give us solutions to problems too difficult even for a planet-sized computer to solve? National Institute of Standards and Technology physicist Stephen Jordan asks, “What if we consider the cosmos to be the output of a 13.7-billion-year computation?” After all, computers crunch numbers to simulate complex change and the universe has undergone billions of years of change in accordance with the laws of nature.

Preservation For The (Digital) Ages

Digital archivists from TACC collaborate with classicists from The University of Texas at Austin to improve database preservation methods. When Deborah Beck was preparing her book, Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic, her publisher suggested she make the database she had started in 2008 — a searchable catalogue of features from every speech in the Homeric poems — available to the public as a web application and companion resource.

IEEE & Ethical Considerations In AI & Autonomous Systems

This week in Seeking Delphi, Mark Sackler interviews  John C. Havens about his role as the executive director of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations In Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. You can find the show notes and links on the...

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