• Your question is fascinating: how much of your life is determined for you? Does free will exist, or is it but an illusion of our internal narrative? As you mentioned, religious denominations (including Calvinism – see https://carm.org/what-is-calvinism) take the omniscient, timeless God as to mean everything is preset. On the other hand, Catholics…[Read more]

  • A little while ago, I visited the Moral Machines website. It’s a study put out by MIT to see how people would respond to a machine having to choose between lives. Turns out, I prefer hoomans a lot more than p

    • Eric, I find your topic concerning the ethical responsibilities of artificial intelligence intriguing, and I would like to help you further your research. After digging around a little bit, I came across this website that holds five basic principals of robotics, similar to those you have already presented:

      “Robots should not be designed as weapons, except for national security reasons.
      Robots should be designed and operated to comply with existing law, including privacy.
      Robots are products: as with other products, they should be designed to be safe and secure.
      Robots are manufactured artefacts: the illusion of emotions and intent should not be used to exploit vulnerable users.
      It should be possible to find out who is responsible for any robot.”

      I feel as though you can do a lot more with this topic, and I would like to see what research you will present in the future. Thank you for sharing.

    • Eric, your post is interesting. It strikes at the fundamental role of AI within our society, and how it will continue to develop. To what extent will humans implement AI into our everyday lives? Will AI come to dominate everyday life to the extent where our lives will become dictated, or reliant on AI? Regarding Moral Machines, I believe the AI will place emphasis, if AI were to ever come into this situation, on the productivity of the groups in question. However, resolving the issue will require humans to actively acknowledge that we are relinquishing a part of humanity. We are empirically defining one life as more valuable than another, and implementing our beliefs into the computer. Here’s a link to the future of ethics that I found interesting:

      Towards a Code of Ethics in Artificial Intelligence with Paula Boddington

  • Hunter, the concept of ultra-fast travel has fascinated science and sci-fi alike for years. Imagine, in all the time we’ve spent writing and dreaming about this topic, we could have gotten, well, a bit outside our solar system. You should take a look at the Alcubierre Drive — why move through space when you can make space move you? I’m interested…[Read more]

  • Thanks for writing this post on such an understated (or outright ignored) topic in American history. It’s really cool that one of the two you mentioned even pressured UC Berkely into a whole new department! I’m curious about what you think the reasons Asian-Americans aren’t well-represented in media are. I’m looking forward to reading your next post!

  • Raymond, this is quite an interesting post. However, you focused on the technology, and money needed – I’m interested to think how you would imagine a society would develop, as you say, ” almost completely independent of the home planet for long durations”. Would it be militaristic? Exploitation-oriented? A vacation resort for the wealthiest or a…[Read more]

  • Javier, this is a really pressing topic, especially when you discuss what Americans believe the cause of poverty is. You may want to look at http://www.heritage.org/poverty-and-inequality/report/the-economy-hits-home-poverty to help your reader understand what the government is/can do to alleviate poverty. I would like to read your take on what…[Read more]

  • Hi Rim! The concept of microagressions you found in your research was paradoxically powerful: the strongest force of racism is in the accumulation of little, nearly insignificant actions. Another thing I found interesting was your comment on systemic racism, things like neighborhood discrimination, “the kind based in historical inequities that has…[Read more]

  • Hey Mauro! Your topic, the effect of charter schools on public school spending, is fascinating to me. We are all required by law to go to school, so why do some schools get more than others? It really stood out to me that you noted that the small amount of charter schools seem to be draining money from the public schools and limiting the resources…[Read more]

  • I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, “You decide!” But are you actually making a choice? A choice is something that is decided upon after deliberation between alternatives. In that sense, even computers make

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