Are we losing our humanity when we turn to machines?09-14-2011
According to Ron Arkin, a Professor of Computer Technology at Georgia Tech and Director of the GeorgiaTech Mobile Robot Lab, "It is fairly easy to make robots that behave more ethically and humanely than humans on the battlefield."
What does it mean to be human? According to Roger Berkowitz, "Being human is the free and thoughtful effort to make common judgments together."
Watch Roger Berkowitz’s July 4th TED Talk in East Hampton in which he discusses the growing desire to have technology oversee what once belonged exclusively to the province of the individual mind: man’s capacity to judge. Berkowitz addresses the increasing and alarming reliance on robotic decision makers in the fields of medicine and military strategy. How, he asks, does our desire to eliminate human fallibility disturb the fundamental landscape of personal and political life?
Roger Berkowitz writes and speaks frequently and on the challenge that technological utopianism poses to humanity.
Human Being in an Inhuman Age. (Published in the inaugural edition of HA, the Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College).
Exploring the Human Condition. (Video)