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John Danaher
Philosophising about technology, law, ethics and religion
Philosophising about technology, law, ethics and religion

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Are we ready for robot relationships? (Video Debate)
On the 21st February 2017, I participated in a British Academy debate on the topic 'Are we ready for robot relationships?' . The debate took place at DeMonfort University, Leicester UK. It featured contributions from Luke Dormehl, Margaret Boden, Kathleen R...

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Episode #19 - Andrew Ferguson on Predictive Policing
In this episode I talk to Andrew Guthrie Fergusion Pugh about the past, present and future of predictive policing. Andrew is a Professor at the David A Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. He is formerly as a supervising attor...

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Can you be friends with a robot? Aristotelian Friendship and Robotics
Image by Dick Thomas Johnson - flickr Let’s talk about Davecat. Davecat is the pseudonym of a Michigan-based man . He is married and has one mistress. Neither of them is human. They are both dolls — RealDolls to be precise. Davecat is an iDollator; he promo...

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The Ethics of Trigger Warnings: A Review of the Arguments
[Trigger Warning: This post is about trigger warnings] I have taught a number of controversial topics in my time. I have taught about the ethics of sex work, the criminalisation of incest, the problems of rape and sexual assault, the permissibility of tortu...

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Pornography and the Philosophy of Fiction
Pornography is now ubiquitous. If you have an internet connection, you have access to a virtually inexhaustible supply of the stuff. Debates rage over whether this is a good or bad thing. There are long-standing research programmes in psychology and philoso...

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Understanding the Algorithmic Self (Videos)
On Friday 27th of January, I hosted a workshop focused on self-tracking and quantification at NUI Galway. The workshop dealt with two main questions: How does self-tracking and quantification affect our self understanding? How does self-tracking and quantif...

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Symbols and Consequences in the Sex Robot Debate (TEDxWHU)
Onstage at TEDxWHU [ Note: This is (roughly) the text of a talk I delivered at TEDxWHU on the 4th February 2017. A video of the talk should be available within a few weeks.] There is a cave about 350km from here, in the Swabian Jura. It is called the Hohle ...

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Episode #18: Jonathan Pugh on Bio-Conservatism and Human Enhancement
In this episode I talk to Jonathan Pugh about bio-conservatism and human enhancement. Jonny is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy at The University of Oxford, on the Wellcome Trust funded project "Neurointerventions in Crime Preventi...

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Understanding the Experience Machine Argument
The Experience Machine is Robert Nozick’s classic thought experiment about the importance of being connected to reality. It went through several iterations in his work, but its mature expression can be found in his 1989 book The Examined Life : The Experien...

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Algorithmic Freedom as Non-Domination
Freedom is important. Modern liberal societies are built around it. Citizens fight for their fundamental freedoms — rights to speech, thought, religious expression, education, work and so on — and governments are evaluated relative to their success in secur...
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