We can think of ourselves as an animal’s peer—or its protector. What will robots decide about us?
Today is Human Rights Day. What are human rights for, and why do they matter? Believe it or not, Michel Foucault has the answer.
Inspired to make a meaningful donation, I wondered: What is the best charitable cause in the world, and was it crazy to think that math and logic could help me find it?
Artificial intelligence doesn’t quite “dream” the same way we humans do, but that doesn’t stop it from conjuring up some pretty wild visuals
Machines have long served as instruments of war, but historically humans have always dictated how they are used. The evolution of technology has the potential to change that reality, and the implications are profoundly disturbing. According to experts in artificial intelligence, fully autonomous weapons, which would select and engage targets without meaningful human control, could be developed for use within years, not decades
Some animals have been observed performing the same rituals over and over, leading scientists to speculate that they might have a sense of the sacred.
Welcome to this special Wisecrack Edition of The Philosophy of The Walking Dead, where we take a look at the philosophy of The Walking Dead.
The Syrian refugee crisis has been the subject of widespread debate, with political rhetoric escalating in recent weeks since the Paris attacks. What would a more careful conversation about the issues look like? To find out, I asked philosophers and political theorists to contribute some brief remarks on the crisis to an installment in the “Philosophers On” series. These are not comprehensive statements, but rather focused thoughts on specific issues, meant to prompt further discussion. Contributing are: Max G. Cherem (Kalamazoo College) — Understanding the Structural Issues Thomas Christiano (University of Arizona) — Morality Is not Risk Free Elizabeth Cohen (Syracuse University) — If not Idealism,..
Via – NYT
Researchers and experts urged a worldwide ban on so-called autonomous weapons, saying they could set off a revolution in weaponry comparable to gunpowder and nuclear arms.
via – Fortune
A Muslim who applied for a driver helper position with UPS in Rochester, N.Y., was told he would have to shave the beard he wore as part of his religious practice in order to qualify for the position.