May 14, 2024

Digital Recreations of Dead People Need Urgent Regulation, AI Ethicists Say

(The Guardian) – Digital recreations of dead people are on the cusp of reality and urgently need regulation, AI ethicists have argued, warning “deadbots” could cause psychological harm to, and even “haunt”, their creators and users. Such services, which are … Read More

April 30, 2024

China Has a Controversial Plan for Brain-Computer Interfaces

(Wired) – China’s brain-computer interface technology is catching up to the US. But it envisions a very different use case: cognitive enhancement. At a tech forum in Beijing last week, a Chinese company unveiled a “homegrown” brain-computer interface that allowed … Read More

April 29, 2024

‘Eugenics on Steroids’: The Toxic and Contested Legacy of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute

(The Guardian) – Founded in 2005 and lauded by Silicon Valley, the Nick Bostrom’s centre for studying existential risk warned about AI but also gave rise to cultish ideas such as effective altruism. Two weeks ago it was quietly announced … Read More

November 6, 2023

These AI Companies Want to Bring You Back from the Dead

(Gizmodo) – Fantasies of immortality and extended life preservation are likely as old as humanity itself, but new advances in robotics and advanced artificial intelligence models are inching those transhumanist tales closer to reality at a rapid pace. AI researchers … Read More

July 18, 2023

A New Edition of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics Is Now Available

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics (vol. 44, no. 3, 2023) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Implicit Understandings and Trust in the Doctor-Patient Relationship: A Philosophy of Language Analysis of pre-Operative Evaluations” by Monica Consolandi “Phenomenology’s Place in the … Read More