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More On Morality And Ethics

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

My post on morality and ethics from the other day isn’t as clear as I would have liked it to be, so I wanted to say a little more to clarify some of my arguments. Many years ago I wrote a post arguing a consequentialist position entitled The Negative Sides of Altruism.   I basically […]

Morality and Ethics

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Alexey emailed me a few days ago asking me some questions, one them being, “Are you deontologist, consequentialist, of some other morality, or unsettled?” First I’ll explain what these terms mean to anyone who may be unfamiliar to them. In deontological ethics, moral actions are judged on whether they conform to strict rules.  It’s concerned […]

Asking Is Cheaper Than Spying

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Edward Snowden released a Christmas statement for the world and I think his message is spot on — if the government wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.  Without privacy, we are not able to decide who we are or who we want to be.  It’s an essential component to […]

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! I didn’t even get you guys a gift.  Now I feel bad.  You know what?  I’ll give you the best gift of all — free physics lectures from Stanford! Dr. Leonard Susskind is one of the leading theoretical physicists in the world and he wants to share that […]

The Robots Are Coming

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

A new age is quickly approaching us.  I think it’s the central problem of my generation — what are we to think of these robots and computer AI systems which are increasingly able to do tasks which only people could do just a short while ago? They’re driving cars, climbing ladders, removing debris, opening doors, […]

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