ethics

Moral Bioenhancements Part Two

If you could make the world a better place by removing the ability for people to make selfish choices, would you do it? We continue the conversation.

Moral Bioenhancements Part One

If you could make the world a better place by removing the ability for people to make selfish choices, would you do it?

Are robots electronic persons?

A draft report for the EU suggests ways we should prepare for a new industrial revolution powered by robots. Is it time to make them electronic persons?

Mind Control, Part 2

It's time for Mind Control: The Return to Mind Mountain. The podcast crew focuses on persuasive technology, environmental influences and moral enhancement in part two of this two-part episode.

Mind Control, Part 1

Mind control is a pervasive fear in dystopian science fiction. What is there to say about the real-life science of manipulating people's thoughts, emotions, opinions and behavior? The podcast crew focuses on propaganda and advertising in part one of this two-part episode.

What happens when a robot breaks the law?

As machine intelligence becomes more complex, our machines will increasingly behave in ways that surprise us. What happens when one of them does something that we find socially, legally or even morally unacceptable?

Give Me Liberty or Unplug Me

As robots become more sophisticated, will we give them rights? Why did Jonathan vote against robot rights in a game? Who benefits from robot rights?

Cyborgs, Ethics and You

If robotic limbs become superior to human ones, will people opt to upgrade through amputation? Is it ethical for a doctor to perform an amputation that isn't medically necessary? What would it take for the hosts to consider getting a robotic limb?