All posts in: Values

Emergent Machine Morality

Gary Marcus has a fascinating piece in the New Yorker about AI and morality. This passage in particular caught my eye: What we really want are machines that can go a step further, endowed not only with the soundest codes of ethics that our best ...

Wen Jiabao at Auschwitz

China’s Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, visited the former German extermination camp at Auschwitz, Poland, last week. In his remarks, he suggested that “The tragedy of Auschwitz, is the tragedy of the entire human race. This history teaches ...

We Are the Future. Or Are We?

In a recent piece in The New Yorker article, writer Rohinton Mistry mentions growing up in India in the 20th century, “raised to believe that this ancient country was futureless, the only solution to settle in the West, to make a better ...

Is democracy inevitable?

The Atlantic recently asked its panel of 40 foreign policy experts about prospects for democracy, publishing the results in March. One question–do you believe the proliferation of democratic government is inevitable in the long ...

Islamizing Egypt

The International Herald Tribune details the process of Islamization, using the case of Egypt. In Egypt and other Arab lands, faced with frustrated hopes and poor economic prospects, the young are turning to religion for solace and purpose, pulling ...