In October, Muhlenberg Philosophy Professor Ted Schick visited us to discuss the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.
As machines become smarter, they are performing more and more tasks that used to be reserved for humans. such as diagnosing disease, driving cars and caring for the elderly, not to mention manufacturing. But what happens when they become as smart as we are? Must we grant them the same rights that we enjoy? Would destroying a robot with human level of intelligence be an act of murder? What can we do to minimize this threat? He led us in an exploration of these and other issues in an attempt to understand what our relationship should be to the new intelligences that may soon be walking among us. Click "read more" to learn more about Dr. Schick and watch the video.
Dr. Schick is a professor of philosophy at Muhlenberg College, and author of a number of texts including: How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age (now in its 7th edition) and Doing Philosophy: an Introduction through Thought Experiments (now in its 5th edition). He has also contributed to a number of volumes in Open Court’s Philosophy and Popular Culture series including: Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy, Star Trek and Philosophy, Led Zeppelin and Philosophy, Beer and Philosophy, and Cannabis and Philosophy.