Tagged: Ethics

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty clear on one sobering point: that “tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.”

Source: America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Killer Robots and the Concept of Meaningful Human Control | Human Rights Watch

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

Source: Killer Robots and the Concept of Meaningful Human Control | Human Rights Watch

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year significantly boosted their math and literacy skills, with disadvantaged students showing the most significant gains.

Source: Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Worried about amoral robots? Try reading them a story. – CSMonitor.com

Georgia Tech researchers say that teaching artificial intelligence to understand human stories can instill human values and ethics in robots.

Source: Worried about amoral robots? Try reading them a story. – CSMonitor.com

The Philosophy of The Walking Dead – Wisecrack Edition 

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.

Source: The Philosophy of The Walking Dead – Wisecrack Edition 

The Ethics of Lying and Other Philosophical Inquires Into ‘The Princess Bride’

Each essay in The Princess Bride and Philosophy does precisely what the series intends: offers new perspectives and greater insights into popular culture.

Source: The Ethics of Lying and Other Philosophical Inquires Into ‘The Princess Bride’

‘Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World,’ by Tim Whitmarsh

Whitmarsh argues that atheism isn’t a product of the modern age but reaches back to early Western intellectual tradition in the ancient Greek world.

Source: ‘Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World,’ by Tim Whitmarsh