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Things hid and barr’d from common sense


#62 - Häggström on AI Motivations and Risk Denialism
Jul 3
In this episode I talk to Olle Häggström. Olle is a professor of mathematical statistics at Chalmers University of Technology and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).…
#61 - Yampolskiy on Machine Consciousness and AI Welfare
Jun 20
In this episode I talk to Roman Yampolskiy. Roman is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the…
Epicureanism and the Problem of Premature Death (Audio Essay)
Jun 2
This audio essay looks at the Epicurean philosophy of death, focusing specifically on how they addressed the problem of premature death. The Epicureans believe that premature death is not a tragedy, provided it occurs after a person has attained the right…
#60 - Véliz on How to Improve Online Speech with Pseudonymity
May 20
In this episode I talk to Carissa Véliz. Carissa is a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at the University of Oxford. She works on digital ethics, practical ethics more generally,…
#59 - Torres on Existential Risk, Omnicidal Agents and Superintelligence
May 9
In this episode I talk to Phil Torres. Phil is an author and researcher who primarily focuses on existential risk. He is currently a visiting researcher at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University. He has published widely on…
#58 - Neely on Augmented Reality, Ethics and Property Rights
Apr 26
In this episode I talk to Erica Neely. Erica is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio Northern University specializing in philosophy of technology and computer ethics. Her work focuses is on the ethical ramifications of emerging technologies. She…
Understanding Hume on Miracles (Audio Essay)
Apr 20
This audio essay is an Easter special. It focuses on David Hume’s famous argument about miracles. First written over 250 years, Hume’s essay ‘Of Miracles’ purports to provide an “everlasting check” against all kinds of “superstitious delusion”. But is…
#57 - Sorgner on Nietzschean Transhumanism
Apr 10
In this episode I talk Stefan Lorenz Sorgner. Stefan teaches philosophy at John Cabot University in Rome. He is director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Research Fellow at…
#56 - Turner on Rules for Robots
Mar 30
In this episode I talk to Jacob Turner. Jacob is a barrister and author. We chat about his new book, Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), which discusses how to address legal responsibility, rights and ethics for AI.…
The Optimist’s Guide to Schopenhauer’s Pessimism (Audio Essay)
Mar 20
Schopenhauer was a profoundly pessimistic man. He argued that all life was suffering. Was he right or is there room for optimism? This audio essay tries to answer that question. It is based on an earlier written essay. You can listen below or download…
#55 - Baum on the Long-Term Future of Human Civilisation
Mar 14
In this episode I talk to Seth Baum. Seth is an interdisciplinary researcher working across a wide range of fields in natural and social science, engineering, philosophy, and policy. His primary research focus is global catastrophic risk. He also works in…
The Moral Problem of Accelerating Change (Audio Essay)
Mar 7
(Subscribe here) This is an experiment. For a number of years, people have been asking me to provide audio versions of the essays that I post on the blog. I’ve been reluctant to do this up until now, but I have recently become a fan of the audio format…
#54 - Sebo on the Moral Problem of Other Minds
Feb 28
In this episode I talk to Jeff Sebo. Jeff is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Philosophy, and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University. Jeff’s…
#53 - Christin on How Algorithms Actually Impact Workers
Feb 18
In this episode I talk to Angèle Christin. Angèle is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, where she is also affiliated with the Sociology Department and Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Her research…
#52 - Devlin on Sex Robots and Moral Panics
Jan 30
In this episode I talk to Kate Devlin. Kate is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Kate’s research is in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), investigating how…
#51 - Moen on the Unabomber’s Ethics
Jan 15
In this episode I talk to Ole Martin Moen. Ole Martin is a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Oslo. He works on how to think straight about thorny issues in applied ethics. He is the Principal Investigator of “What should not be bought and…
#50 - Loi on Facebook, Justice and Data as the New Oil
Dec 24, 2018
In this episode I talk to Michele Loi. Michele is a political philosopher turned bioethicist turned digital ethicist. He is currently (2017-2020) working on two interdisciplinary projects, one of which is about the ethical implications of big data at the…
#46 - Minerva on the Ethics of Cryonics
Dec 23, 2018
In this episode I talk to Francesca Minerva. Francesca is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ghent. Her research focuses on applied philosophy, specifically lookism, conscientious objection, abortion, academic freedom, and cryonics. She has…
#49 - Maas on AI and the Future of International Law
Dec 3, 2018
In this episode I talk to Matthijs Maas. Matthijs is a doctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen’s ‘AI and Legal Disruption’ research unit, and a research affiliate with the Governance of AI Program at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity…
#48 - Gunkel on Robot Rights
Nov 1, 2018
In this episode I talk to David Gunkel. David is a repeat guest, having first appeared on the show in Episode 10. David a Professor of Communication Studies at Northern Illinois University. He is a leading scholar in the philosophy of technology, having…
#47 - Eubanks on Automating Inequality
Oct 20, 2018
In this episode I talk to Virginia Eubanks. Virginia is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of several books, including Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the…
#45 - Vallor on Virtue Ethics and Technology
Sep 18, 2018
In this episode I talk to Shannon Vallor. Shannon is the Regis and Diane McKenna Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, where her research addresses the ethical implications of emerging science and technology, especially AI,…
#44 - Fleischman on Evolutionary Psychology and Sex Robots
Aug 29, 2018
In this episode I chat to Diana Fleischman. Diana is a senior lecturer in evolutionary psychology at the University of Portsmouth. Her research focuses on hormonal influences on behavior, human sexuality, disgust and, recently, the interface of…
#43 - Elder on Friendship, Robots and Social Media
Aug 8, 2018
In this episode I talk to Alexis Elder. Alexis is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her research focuses on ethics, emerging technologies, social philosophy, metaphysics (especially social ontology), and…
#42 - Earp on Psychedelics and Moral Enhancement
Jul 26, 2018
In this episode I talk to Brian Earp. Brian is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and a Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of…
#41 - Binns on Fairness in Algorithmic Decision-Making
Jul 12, 2018
In this episode I talk to Reuben Binns. Reuben is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science in Oxford University. His research focuses on both the technical, ethical and legal aspects of privacy, machine learning and algorithmic…
#40: Nyholm on Accident Algorithms and the Ethics of Self-Driving Cars
Jun 29, 2018
In this episode I talk to Sven Nyholm about self-driving cars. Sven is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at TU Eindhoven with an interest in moral philosophy and the ethics of technology. Recently, Sven has been working on the ethics of self-driving…
#39 - Re-engineering Humanity with Frischmann and Selinger
Jun 4, 2018
In this episode I talk to Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger about their book Re-engineering Humanity (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Brett and Evan are both former guests on the podcast. Brett is a Professor of Law, Business and Economics at…
#38 - Schwartz on the Ethics of Space Exploration
Mar 27, 2018
In this episode I talk to Dr James Schwartz. James teaches philosophy at Wichita State University. His primary area of research is philosophy and ethics of space exploration, where he defends a position according to which space exploration derives its…
#37 - Yorke on the Philosophy of Utopianism
Mar 3, 2018
In this episode I talk to Christopher Yorke. Christopher is a PhD candidate at The Open University. He specialises in the philosophical study of utopianism and is currently completing a dissertation titled ‘Bernard Suits’ Utopia of Gameplay: A Critical…
#36 - Wachter on Algorithms, Explanations, and the GDPR
Jan 27, 2018
In this episode I talk to Sandra Wachter about the right to explanation for algorithmic decision-making under the GDPR. Sandra is a lawyer and Research Fellow in Data Ethics and Algorithms at the Oxford Internet Institute. She is also a Research Fellow at…
#35 - Brundage on the Case for Conditional Optimism about AI
Jan 15, 2018
In this episode I talk to Miles Brundage. Miles is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and a PhD candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University. He is also affiliated…
#34 - Lin on the Rise of Cyborg Finance
Jan 4, 2018
In this episode I talk to Tom Lin. Tom is a Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. His research and teaching expertise are in the areas of corporations, securities regulation, financial technology, financial regulation, and…
#33: McArthur and Danaher on Robot Sex
Dec 11, 2017
In this episode I talk to Neil McArthur about a book that he and I recently co-edited entitled Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (MIT Press, 2017). Neil is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba where he also directs the Center…
#32 - Carter and Palermos on Extended Cognition and Extended Assault
Nov 23, 2017
In this episode I talk to Adam Carter and Orestis Palermos. Adam is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. His primary research interests lie in the area of epistemology, but he has increasingly explored connections between epistemology…
#31 - Hartzog on Robocops and Automated Law Enforcement
Oct 28, 2017
In this episode I am joined by Woodrow Hartzog. Woodrow is currently a Professor of Law and Computer Science at Northeastern University (he was the Starnes Professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law when this episode was recorded). His…
#30 - Bartholomew on Adcreep and the Case Against Modern Marketing
Oct 1, 2017
In this episode I am joined by Mark Bartholomew. Mark is a Professor at the University of Buffalo School of Law. He writes and teaches in the areas of intellectual property and law and technology, with an emphasis on copyright, trademarks, advertising…
#29 - Moore on the Quantified Worker
Sep 22, 2017
In this episode, I talk to Phoebe Moore. Phoebe is a researcher and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Middlesex University. She teaches International Relations and International Political Economy and has published several books, articles and…
#28 - Walch on the Misunderstandings of Blockchain Technology
Aug 30, 2017
In this episode I am joined by Angela Walch. Angela is an Associate Professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law. Her research focuses on money and the law, blockchain technologies, governance of emerging technologies and financial stability. She is a…
#27 - Gilbert on the Ethics of Predictive Brain Implants
Jul 26, 2017
In this episode I am joined by Frédéric Gilbert. Frédéric is a philosopher and bioethicist who is affiliated with quite a number of universities and research institutes around the world. He is currently a Scientist Fellow at the University of Washington…
#26 - Behan on Technopolitics and the Automation of the State
Jul 17, 2017
In this episode I talk to Anthony Behan. Anthony is a technologist with an interest in the political and legal aspects of technology. We have a wide-ranging discussion about the automation of the law and the politics of technology. The conversation is…
#25 - McNamara on Fairness, Utility and High Frequency Trading
Jun 26, 2017
In this episode I am joined by Steven McNamara. Steven is a Professor of Law at the American University of Beirut, and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Florida School of Law. Once upon a time, Steven was a corporate lawyer. He is now…
#24 - Bryson on Why Robots Should Be Slaves
Jun 7, 2017
In this episode I interview Joanna Bryson. Joanna is Reader in Computer Science at the University of Bath. Joanna’s primary research interest lies in using AI to understand natural intelligence, but she is also interested in the ethics of AI and robotics,…
#23 - Liu on Responsibility and Discrimination in Autonomous Weapons and Self-Driving Cars
May 22, 2017
In this episode I talk to Hin-Yan Liu. Hin-Yan is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Copenhagen. His research interests lie at the frontiers of emerging technology governance, and in the law and policy of existential risks. His core agenda…
#22 - Wellman and Rajan on the Ethics of Automated Trading
May 12, 2017
In this episode, I am joined by Michael Wellman and Uday Rajan. Michael is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan; and Uday is a Professor of Business Administration and Chair and Professor of Finance and Real Estate…
#21 - Mark Coeckelbergh on Robots and the Tragedy of Automation
May 2, 2017
In this episode, I talk to Mark Coeckelbergh. Mark is a Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. He also has an affiliation as…
BONUS EPISODE - Pip Thornton on linguistic capitalism, Google’s ad empire, fake news and poetry
Apr 23, 2017
[Note: This was previously posted on my Algocracy project blog; I’m cross-posting it here now. The audio quality isn’t perfect but the content is very interesting. It is a talk by Pip Thornton, the (former) Research Assistant on the project]. My post as…
#20 - Karen Yeung on Hypernudging and Big Data
Mar 6, 2017
[If you like this blog, consider signing up for the newsletter…] In this episode I talk to Karen Yeung. Karen is a Chair in Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London. She joined the School to help establish the Centre for Technology,…
#19 - Andrew Ferguson on Predictive Policing
Feb 25, 2017
[If you like this blog, consider signing up for the newsletter…] In this episode I talk to Andrew Guthrie Ferguson about the past, present and future of predictive policing. Andrew is a Professor at the David A Clarke School of Law at the University of…
#18: Jonathan Pugh on Bio-Conservatism and Human Enhancement
Jan 30, 2017
In this episode I talk to Jonathan Pugh about bio-conservatism and human enhancement. Jonny is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy at The University of Oxford, on the Wellcome Trust funded project “Neurointerventions in Crime…
#17- Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative
Jan 17, 2017
[If you like this blog, consider signing up for the newsletter…] In this episode I talk to Professor Steve Fuller about his sometimes controversial views on transhumanism, religion, science and technology, enhancement and evolution. Steve is Auguste Comte…
#16 - Anders Sandberg on the Ethics of Time Compression in Computing
Dec 20, 2016
In this episode I talk to Anders Sandberg about the ethical implications of time compression - or the speeding up of computational tasks to quantum levels. Anders is research associate to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology,…
A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: a short podcast from Pip Thornton
Dec 18, 2016
[This is a cross-post from the Algocracy and Transhumanism blog. It’s a short podcast by the Research Assistant on the Project - Pip Thornton. Check out her blog here] I started work as the research assistant on the Algocracy and Transhumanism project in…
#15 - Nicole Vincent on Neurointerventions and Human Happiness
Nov 21, 2016
In this episode I talk to Nicole Vincent. Nicole is an international philosopher extraordinaire. She has appointments at Georgia State University, TU Delft (Netherlands) and Macquarie University (Sydney). Nicole’s work focuses on the philosophy of…
#14 - Aaron Wright on Blockchains and the Law
Nov 6, 2016
In this episode I interview programmer and lawyer Aaron Wright. Aaron is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. He is a professor at Cardozo Law School and the Director of the…
#13: Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values
Oct 22, 2016
In this episode I interview Dr Laura Cabrera. Laura is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University where she conducts research into the ethical and societal implications of…
#12 - Rick Searle on the Dark Side of Transhumanism
Oct 9, 2016
In this episode I interview Rick Searle. Rick is an author living in Amish country in Pennsylvania. He is a prolific writer and commentator on all things technological. I get Rick to educate me about the darker aspects of the transhumanist philosophy. In…
#11 - Sabina Leonelli on whether Big Data will revolutionise science
Sep 11, 2016
In this episode I talk to Sabina Leonelli. Sabina is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter. She is as the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences…
#10 - David Gunkel on Robots and Cyborgs
Aug 27, 2016
This is the tenth episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast. In this episode I talk to David Gunkel. David is a professor of communication studies at Northern Illinois University. He specialises in the philosophy and ethics of technology. He is…
#9 -Rachel O’Dwyer on Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Digital Commons
Aug 17, 2016
This is the ninth episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast. In this episode I talk to Rachel O’Dwyer who is currently a postdoc at Maynooth University. We have a wide-ranging conversation about the digital commons, money, bitcoin and blockchain…