Episode #8 – Karen Levy on the Rise of Intimate Surveillance

This is the eighth episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism podcast. In this episode, I talk to Karen Levy about the topic of intimate surveillance. Karen is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and associate member of the faculty of Cornell Law School. Tracking and surveillance are now ubiquitous. … More Episode #8 – Karen Levy on the Rise of Intimate Surveillance

Episode #7 -Brett Frischmann on Reverse Turing Tests and Machine-like Humans

This is the 7th episode of the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast. In this episode I talk to Brett Frischmann about his work on human-focused Turing Tests. Brett is a Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School in New York City. He writes a lot about technology and law, and is currently in the midst of co-authoring … More Episode #7 -Brett Frischmann on Reverse Turing Tests and Machine-like Humans

The Machine Made me Do It: Human Responsibility in an era of Machine-Mediated Agency

Santiago Guerra Pineda was a 19-year old motorcycle enthusiast. In June 2014, he took his latest bike out for a ride. It was a Honda CBR 600, a sports motorcycle with some impressive capabilities. Little wonder then that he opened it up once he hit the road. But maybe he opened it up a little … More The Machine Made me Do It: Human Responsibility in an era of Machine-Mediated Agency

The Ethics of Algorithmic Outsourcing: An Analysis

Our smart phones, smart watches, and smart bands promise a lot. They promise to make our lives better, to increase our productivity, to improve our efficiency, to enhance our safety, to make us fitter, faster, stronger and more intelligent. They do this through a combination of methods. One of the most important is outsourcing,* i.e. … More The Ethics of Algorithmic Outsourcing: An Analysis

The Ethics of Intimate Surveillance (1)

‘Intimate Surveillance’ is the title of an article by Karen Levy – a legal and sociological scholar currently-based at NYU. It shines light on an interesting and under-explored aspect of surveillance in the digital era. The forms of surveillance that capture most attention are those undertaken by governments in the interests of national security or … More The Ethics of Intimate Surveillance (1)

Does Self-Tracking Promote Autonomy? An Initial Argument

Seneca was a wealthy Roman stoic and advisor to the emperor Nero. In the third of his Letters from a Stoic, entitled ‘On True and False Friendship’, he makes the following observation: As to yourself, although you should live in such a way that you trust your own self with nothing which you could not entrust … More Does Self-Tracking Promote Autonomy? An Initial Argument