Against the Moral Landscape: AI and universal truth

Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape (2011) is a thesis that claims morality is objective and knowable by scientific means. It is predicated on the initial premise that wellbeing is worthy of safeguarding, and thus intended actions can be objectively evaluated against that value. I have long agreed with this claim, with one subtle change: I… Continue reading Against the Moral Landscape: AI and universal truth

Is Artificial Intelligence Entitled to Personhood?

AI is not alive. But, somehow it has the opportunity to live. Deepmind has produced art that sold for $8,000. AI can live in our computers or on the web and write sports articles and compose music. They seem to hold down jobs and be able to make critical decisions. The question of whether AI… Continue reading Is Artificial Intelligence Entitled to Personhood?

Humans Need not Apply: what to do with mass unemployment

AI is a far reaching concern that stretches much further than an immediate need for a better understanding of where ethics come from. It goes to the heart of economics as well. Automation has reduced the number of manual labourers, which has permitted highly skilled specialisations in medicine, science, engineering, philosophy, technology, politics and more… Continue reading Humans Need not Apply: what to do with mass unemployment

Ethics and AI: should we be building AI?

There’s a common question I encounter when I post about ethics, particularly to promote secular ethics or challenge religious ethics: given that we can basically figure out how to operate in society, why try to create a divide between the religious and non-religious? ‘Can we all just get along.’ The sentiment isn’t always that politely… Continue reading Ethics and AI: should we be building AI?