Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"The Future of Moral Machines"

This article by Indiana University professor Colin Allen (New York Times, December 25, 2011) is a clearly-written and engaging short introduction to the controversies surrounding "moral" machines.

I made the mistake of reading a few of the comments written by Times readers, the majority of whom seem to have either misunderstood the article or not bothered to read beyond the title. One wonders why people so disdainful of the New York Times and/or philosophy would torment themselves by reading the Times' "forum for contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless" known as "The Stone."

At any rate, I do recommend that you read and enjoy the article itself.

Ken Pimple, PAIT Project Director

1 comment:

Colin Allen said...

Thanks Ken -- and yes, you're right that there are some obvious knee-jerk responses going on there by people who seem to think they are the "liberal-media police".

Also, there's more serious commentary going on at National Humanities Center's forum On the Human and I think it's open for another day or two, so if anyone wants to participate, feel free!