Keeping it Real

As robots and drones do more of our hard work for us, they may also be insulating us from tough moral choices.  Drone strikes deliver lethal explosions in Pakistan and Yemen, but are directed by what looks like a video game in Langley.  Computer programs make investing decisions on Wall Street.  In the future, machines may make important medical decisions.  How and where do we set the boundaries?

“Morals and the Machine.” The Economist.  June 2, 2012.

“Barack Obama: Drone Warrior,” by Charles Krauthammer.  The Washington Post, May 31, 2012.

“Too Much Power for a President.” Editorial.  The New York Times, May 30, 2012.

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Posted on June 12, 2012, in Ethics, Political Life & Political Questions. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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