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Incorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence

March 07, 2017

This article reviews the reasons scholars hold that driverless cars and many other AI equipped machines must be able to make ethical decisions, and the difficulties this approach faces.

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China Needs More Than Exhortation to Break With North Korea

March 03, 2017

Time now for some real give and take.

Communitarian Antidotes to Populism

March 01, 2017

Populism is rising in the United States, and this has ramifications for its democratic institutions. The rise is attributable in part to the alienation many Americans feel in their own country, whi

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Needed: The Committee for the Defense of Democracy

February 21, 2017

We need a new association of people who are willing to work together to protect the American democracy from assaults by the Trump Administration

Donald Trump

Could The Failed Yemen Raid Become Trump’s Benghazi?

February 14, 2017

The first military operation President Trump authorized, over dinner, was a troubling failure. 

Xi Jinping

China: The Accidental World Leader?

February 13, 2017

If the U.S. under Trump leaves a vacuum, will China be the one to fill it?

U.S. Navy Seals

Will the Yemen Raid Become Trump's Benghazi?

February 12, 2017

If the Democrats in Congress were not shell-shocked by the bombardment of executive orders, and if they were able to hold the kind of investigation and hearing the Obama administration was subjecte

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Incorporating Ethics into Artificial Intelligence

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