Episode #21 – Mark Coeckelbergh on Robots and the Tragedy of Automation

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 Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at the Centre for Computing and … More Episode #21 – Mark Coeckelbergh on Robots and the Tragedy of Automation

Episode #20 – Karen Yeung on Hypernudging and Big Data

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, Ethics and Law & Society (‘TELOS’), of which she is now Director.  Professor Yeung is an academic pioneer in the … More Episode #20 – Karen Yeung on Hypernudging and Big Data

Episode #19 – Andrew G Ferguson on Predictive Policing

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 the District of Columbia. He is formerly as a supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. … More Episode #19 – Andrew G Ferguson on Predictive Policing

PODCAST: Pip Thornton – Critiquing linguistic capitalism, Google’s ad empire, fake news and poetry

My post as research assistant on the Algocracy & Transhumanism project at NUIG has come to an end, and I will shortly be returning to Royal Holloway to finish writing up my PhD. I have really enjoyed the five months I have spent here in Galway – I  have learned a great deal from the … More PODCAST: Pip Thornton – Critiquing linguistic capitalism, Google’s ad empire, fake news and poetry

The Algorithmic Self Workshop

On Friday 27th of January, we hosted a workshop focused on self-tracking and quantification. The workshop dealt with two main questions: How does self-tracking and quantification affect our self understanding? How does self-tracking and quantification affect how we are governed (by ourselves, our lovers, our friends and our employers)? To answer these questions, we brought together … More The Algorithmic Self Workshop

Episode #18 – Jonathan Pugh on bio-conservatism and human enhancement

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 Prevention: An Ethical Analysis”. His new paper, written with Guy Kahane and Julian Savulescu,  ‘Bio-Conservatism, Partiality, and The … More Episode #18 – Jonathan Pugh on bio-conservatism and human enhancement

Episode #17 Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative

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 Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. He is the author of a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published … More Episode #17 Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative

Episode #16 Anders Sandberg on the ethics and risks of time compression in computing

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, the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. His … More Episode #16 Anders Sandberg on the ethics and risks of time compression in computing

Being Human | Human Being: a panel discussion of Ex Machina

Back in March I co-curated a Passengerfilms event in London which used Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina to provoke a panel discussion about what it means to ‘be human’ in a world in which the digitally -or algorithmically – processed ‘virtual’ is increasingly experienced in the actualities of everyday life. I wrote a post … More Being Human | Human Being: a panel discussion of Ex Machina

A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: a short podcast from Pip Thornton

I started work as the research assistant on the Algocracy and Transhumanism project in September, and John has invited me to record a short podcast about some of my own PhD research on Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction. You download the podcast here or listen below. The podcast relates to a project called … More A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: a short podcast from Pip Thornton