I am Professor of Ethics at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
I've been busy over the past almost thirty years exploring the ethical implications of technological change, and the ways in which genetic and cybernetic technologies may alter us.
Might the mystery of Elon Musk's purchasing of Twitter and renaming it for a porn site finally make sense with his announcement of a generative AI that will learn from all of our foul-minded tweeting and X-ing? This piece for the ABC Ethics and Religion conjectures that it might.
In this twilight of the academic humanities do I have a future as a rugby pundit? In this piece published in the Wellington Post I consider the anger directed at the English referee of the Rugby World Cup final. Perhaps we should look to a future in which referees are fully automated.
I very much enjoyed participating in this discussion with the writer Omar El Akkad on the Apple Podcast Without. It addresses the promise and expected disappointments of radical life extension.
A list of exciting books about the future from outside of philosophy that inspired my writing of Dialogues on Human Enhancement (Routledge, 2023).
What can we learn from Karl Popper about being a human glitch and disrupting the technologies coming to automate you out of existence?
A piece for the ABC on what to make of the wild speculations of the tech elite about the future AI could bring. Will it end capitalism but not in a way we want?
A piece for Newsroom that probes our schadenfreude about the occasional miseries of the super-rich
A piece for ABC Ethics and Religion that speculates about the money that could soon flow into technologies of human enhancement
A piece for Project Syndicate on how recent advances in AI suggest an urgent need to rethink how humanities academics write. It's too easy to automate!
A piece in the Los Angeles Review of Books written with Stuart Whatley that challenges popular beliefs about exponential improvement as the solution to pretty much everything.
A piece in the Los Angeles Review of Books written with Stuart Whatley that deflates some of the hype that turns tech visionaries into multibillionaires.
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