All attempts to adapt our ethical code to our situation in the technological age have failed.–Max Born
When thinking about the future of technology, many envision one extreme or the other. Apocalyptic collapse, or Utopian delight. There is a broad in between, however, filled with ethical as well as existential conundrums. In this episode of Seeking Delphi, I talk with James J. Hughes, director of The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies about a wide range of issues. These include not just the ethics of if, how, and when to proceed with certain technologies, but the ethics of public policy in dealing with the potentially disruptive social and economic changes they trigger. The future is not black and white–in case you hadn’t noticed–but infinite shades of gray. It’s also clouded by the rise of the right and the Trump administration.
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Episode #9: Ethics and Emerging Technology
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