Seven questions about technology you aren’t allowed to ask

 

An interesting article about morally, legally or ethically fraught technology topics.

 

From MIT Technology Review:

MIT Media Lab biologist Kevin Esvelt, speaking at the “Forbidden Research” conference, calls for full disclosure by scientists seeking to develop advanced genetic technology.

 

Sex robots, climate hacking, and the true cost of medicine made our list of taboo technology topics …

Each question is morally or legally fraught and sets up a clash of ethics between individual technologists in search of solutions and institutions that see possible harm.

 

Source: Seven Questions about Technology You Aren’t Even Allowed to Ask

Augmented humans blend technology and biology with apps for the brain and embeddable devices

From the ABC:

Self-described “human cyborg” Neil Harbisson. Image source: Facebook

“… So you go to your phone today, and you go ‘ok what can I add to my phone that will give me some functionality?’. You’ll be able to do that for your brain,” he said.

“Maybe I’ll download a Chinese language pack, maybe you’ll add a whole set of data, maybe Wikipedia put inside your brain and download it, so you will have access to it when you’re thinking.

“That’s artificial intelligence, but embedded and accessed through your brain.”

Source: Augmented humans blend technology and biology with apps for the brain and embeddable devices – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ethical question leaves potential buyers torn over self-driving cars

From The Guardian:

A self-driving Lexus SUV, operated by Google, after colliding with a public bus in Mountain View, California, in February 2016. Photograph: AP

A self-driving Lexus SUV, operated by Google, after colliding with a public bus in Mountain View, California, in February 2016. Photograph: AP

Faced with two deadly options the public want driverless vehicles to crash rather than hurt pedestrians – unless the vehicle in question is theirs …

The problem seems to be how to get people to trust cars to consistently do the right thing if we’re not even sure we want them to do what we think is the right thing.

Read full article: Ethical question leaves potential buyers torn over self-driving cars, study says | Technology | The Guardian

 

Related post: http://www.robopocalypse.com.au/2016/06/30/self-driving-cars-are-going-to-save-a-lot-of-lives-by-killing-their-driver/

Self-driving cars are going to save a lot of lives … by killing their driver

From The Next Web:

Credit: Ezume Images/Shutterstock

 

Giving programmers the ability to control the outcome in a crash is a heavy burden that needs to be better understood before implementing code that could kill innocent pedestrians, the car’s driver, or all of the above.

 

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Source: Self-driving cars are going to save a lot of lives… by killing their driver

 

Related post: http://www.robopocalypse.com.au/2016/06/30/ethical-question-leaves-potential-buyers-torn-over-self-driving-cars/

How bionic technology will change what it means to be human

From Vox:

Is there any point at which human augmentation is just wrong? Or are these just tools like any other — and part of our inevitable future?

Image: Touch Bionics

… Artificial limbs may become so advanced, we prefer them to normal limbs.

Image: Shutterstock

Image: Shutterstock

Steroids are nothing compared to what’s coming.

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“The creepiest thing is that we become more than human. Much of the history of ideas in the last 150 years, I think, is a response to Nietzsche, who said human beings, basically, that this is as far as we’re going to get. And to solve all these problems we have we’re going to have to develop an Overman or Superman, something that’s more than human. And this whole business about transhumanism, the platform is really Nietzsche.”

“For people like you and me, will we be able to redesign ourselves so that we really are transhuman and we live a lot longer and we live a lot healthier and we’re a lot stronger and smarter and faster?”

“What that adds up to is a debate among social conservatives: Is there something we’re giving up when we’re no longer essentially what destiny decided we would be or what we were fated to be? At some point are we really giving up what it means to be human?”

Read more: How bionic technology will change what it means to be human – Vox