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The Moral Wrestler: Ignored by Maslow

October 19, 2017

One of Maslow’s great contributions is that he assumes that people are not merely economic creators who seek to maximize their happiness by consuming goods.

For the record: US democratization drives are failure-prone

August 10, 2017

Etzioni specified the conditions that successful democratization requires and showed that these conditions are not extant in the Middle East and many other parts of the world.

Job Collapse on the Road to New Athens

June 29, 2017

The case that America will not be able to replace jobs lost to technological advance is gaining adherents.

Should Artificial Intelligence Be Regulated?

June 27, 2017

 From the latest Issues in Science and Technology, read why new technologies often spur public anxiety, but the intensity of concern about the im

Cyber Trust

June 22, 2017

This article reviews the existing literature on cyber trust and proposes directions for further research. 

Moral Triage

May 03, 2017

Because moral triage is a new concept, it is not possible to point to an agent that has self-consciously applied this approach in the past.

Pros and Cons of Autonomous Weapons Systems

April 28, 2017

A review of the arguments for and against autonomous weapons systems, and a discussion of challenges to limiting and defining those systems.

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.

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

Academic Activism: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

January 17, 2017

A book review of The Public Professor, by M.V. Lee Badgett, NYU Press, 2016

Out with Regime Change

January 14, 2017

Conflating "the responsibility to protect" with regime change is, in effect, one reason the tragic civil war in Syria is continuing. 

Social Justice in the Post-Affluent Society

January 11, 2017

The article spells out the reasons and provides evidence in support of the hypothesis that if the culture of a society shifts from one that extols affluence to one that extols communitarian pursuit