Long style piece, in the Atlantic by Robert Wright, here. The title is “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along”. But the scope is all of humanity. Tall order, good ideas.
Austin Hughes’ superb long piece in The New Atlantis, here.
Of all the fads and foibles in the long history of human credulity, scientism in all its varied guises — from fanciful cosmology to evolutionary epistemology and ethics — seems among the more dangerous, both because it pretends to be something very different from what it really is and because it has been accorded widespread and uncritical adherence.
Do read it all. It’s incredibly important.
and lost of it that is. The story and lesson is here. Ambitious brilliant grad students to read twice.
Money quote from his op ed in the NYT:
To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money.
In higher education, we face analogous ethical challenges and from my perspective, the key thing to remember at all times is that the core mission of colleges must continue to be, putting the education of our students first. In eras of austerity and tight budgets, that touchstone, can too easily be forgotten.
We’re about four weeks out from NELSI3. The Web Site is here. For those loyal readers interested in the ethical, legal and social implications of the latest neurotechnology in the DOD context, this is a great opportunity.
Cnet covers it all (click the link).
Krasnow has covered this waterfront before. Advisory Board member Bill Nitze sponsored a conference on the ethics and strong AI several years ago.
But, are we close to strong AI? I think I’m a bit skeptical of that.