Philosophers say now is the time to mull over what qualities should grant an artificially intelligent machine moral standing.
Oct. 27, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: artificial-intelligence robots philosophy consciousness star-trek peter-singer turing-test deep-blue human-consciousness
Faculty from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments join forces in a successful new undergraduate initiative, Embedded EthiCS, to change the way computer scientists think about the ethical implications of new technology.
Oct. 16, 2020 • ~15 min
Tags: science-technology computer-science ethics harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences harvard-college barbara-grosz radhika-nagpal alison-simmons embedded-ethics philosophy christina-pazzanese faculty-of-arts-and-science david-grant jeffrey-behrends
Challenge trials – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.
Aug. 24, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ethics risk pandemic philosophy vaccines sars-cov-2 viruses lockdown bioethics essential-workers
If expert advice on the pandemic turns out to be wrong, it will have dire consequences for how reliable scientific evidence is treated in other policy areas, such as climate change.
June 18, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: climate-change covid-19 coronavirus-2020 lockdown peer-review covid-19-lockdown scientific-publishing philosophy-of-science
Lockdown requires that we all act as if we know nothing, even if we are world experts on disease transmission.
May 7, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus morality social-distancing lockdown autonomy fairness moral-philosophy
Those with strong beliefs tend to be admired.
April 30, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: philosophy debate wisdom-of-crowds argument epistemology disagreements echo-chambers
If every action spilts the universe into different versions, what does that mean for free will?
April 30, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: philosophy quantum-mechanics free-will determinism
Whether we miss them, feel guilty about not having appreciated them more or struggle to forgive them, remembering our parents can hurt. Here's how to move on.
April 16, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: children parents death psychology memory philosophy lifes-big-questions forgiveness loss
A lot of numbers are being tossed around about COVID-19 and what to expect in the future. They're being used to make critical public health decisions, but they aren't as simple as they appear.
April 10, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus death policy statistics philosophy social-distancing coronavirus-2020 death-rates
If someone has the luxury of social distancing during the pandemic, why wouldn't they do it? An expert examines the morality of the issue.
April 6, 2020 • ~1 min
Tags: covid-19 ethics philosophy featured social-lives health-and-medicine morals
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