Episode #48 – Gunkel on Robot Rights

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 written extensively about cyborgification, robot rights and responsibilities, remix cultures, new political … More Episode #48 – Gunkel on Robot Rights

Episode #47 – Eubanks on Automating Inequality

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 Poor and Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age. Her writing … More Episode #47 – Eubanks on Automating Inequality

Episode #46 – Minerva on the Ethics of Cryonics

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 published many articles on these topics in some of the leading academic journals in ethics and philosophy, including the Journal … More Episode #46 – Minerva on the Ethics of Cryonics

Episode #45 – Vallor on Virtue Ethics and Technology

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, robotics and new media. Professor Vallor received the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics from the World … More Episode #45 – Vallor on Virtue Ethics and Technology

Episode #44 – Fleischman on Evolutionary Psychology and Sex Robots

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 evolutionary psychology and behaviorism. She is a utilitarian, a promoter of effective altruism, and a bivalvegan. We have … More Episode #44 – Fleischman on Evolutionary Psychology and Sex Robots

Episode #43 – Elder on Friendship, Robots and Social Media

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 philosophy of mind. She draws on ancient philosophy – primarily Chinese and Greek – in order to think about current problems. … More Episode #43 – Elder on Friendship, Robots and Social Media

Episode #42 – Earp on Psychedelics and Moral Enhancement

  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 Oxford. Brian has diverse research interests in ethics, psychology, and the … More Episode #42 – Earp on Psychedelics and Moral Enhancement

Episode #41 – Binns on Fairness in Algorithmic Decision-Making

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 decision-making. We have a detailed and informative discussion (for me at any rate!) about recent debates … More Episode #41 – Binns on Fairness in Algorithmic Decision-Making

Episode #40 – Nyholm on Accident Algorithms and the Ethics of Self-Driving Cars

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 cars, focusing in particular on the ethical rules such cars should follow and … More Episode #40 – Nyholm on Accident Algorithms and the Ethics of Self-Driving Cars

Episode #39 – Re-engineering Humanity with Frischmann and Selinger

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 Villanova University and Evan is  Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Their … More Episode #39 – Re-engineering Humanity with Frischmann and Selinger