Wednesday, September 12, 2007
A call for machine morality
Wendell Wallach, chair of the Yale University Bioethics Center Technology and Ethics working group, and friend of the IS group, was recently a featured speaker at The Singularity Summit 2007: AI and the Future of Humanity. Wendell was well received, including an article in C/Net News called "A call for machine morality." Dan Farber in a ZDNet blog posting referred to Wendell as Dr. Doom because of Wendell's prediction that " ... in the next few years there would be a major human disaster caused by a mistaken decision taken by a computer."
Another friend of IS, Dr. James Hughes, was also a featured speaker. Jim is a professor at Trinity College in Hartford and the author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future.
Abstracts of their presentations can be found here.