U.S. military wants to teach robots how to make moral and ethical decisions

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How do you code something as abstract as moral logic into a bunch of transistors?

Are robots capable of moral or ethical reasoning, knowing right from wrong? Not yet. But the U.S. government is spending millions on developing machines that understand moral consequence.

 

 

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Doctors Face a Moral Dilemma with Early Alzheimer’s Detection – Should Patients Be Told?

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Early diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s lead to a moral dilemma

Marjie Popkin thought she had chemo brain, that fuzzy-headed forgetful state that she figured was a result of her treatment for ovarian cancer. She was not thinking clearly — having trouble with numbers, forgetting things she had just heard.

 

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Do People Behave Badly Because It’s Just Too Easy?

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If cheating didn’t require any work on your part, would you do it?

Many people say they wouldn’t cheat on a test, lie on a job application or refuse to help a person in need.

But what if the test answers fell into your lap and cheating didn’t require any work on your part? If you didn’t have to face the person who needed your help and refuse them? Would that change your behavior?

 

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What Will Our Descendants Condemn in the Future About What We Are Doing Today?

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Will our prison system be condemned in the future?

Once, pretty much everywhere, beating your wife and children was regarded as a father’s duty, homosexuality was a hanging offense and waterboarding was approved — in fact, invented — by the Catholic Church. Through the middle of the 19th century, the United States and other nations in the Americas condoned plantation slavery. Many of our grandparents were born in states where women were forbidden to vote. And well into the 20th century, lynch mobs in this country stripped, tortured, hanged and burned human beings at picnics.

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Study: Why Saints Sin and Sinners Become Saintly

Study: Why Saints Sin and Sinners Become Saintly

Saints sin and sinners become saintly 

To many, New York Gov. Eliott Spitzer’s fall from grace seemed to make no sense at all. But a new Northwestern University study offers provocative insights that possibly could relate to why the storm trooper of reform — formerly known as the Sheriff of Wall Street — seemingly went from saint to sinner overnight.

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Crack Babies – The Epidemic That Didn’t Happen

The Epidemic That Didn’t Happen 

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One sister is 14; the other is 9. They are a vibrant pair: the older girl is high-spirited but responsible, a solid student and a devoted helper at home; her sister loves to read and watch cooking shows, and she recently scored well above average on citywide standardized tests.

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