Better than we Are

Aristotle was the first (known) philosopher to posit that we can become better people. He thought we could do this by modifying our actions in such a way that acting morally became an unconscious habit, and that we could know what morality was by watching paragons of virtue and imitating them. Now, the interesting things (for today's… Continue reading Better than we Are


Inclusion in Design

Most of my friends would say I'm an imaginative person. This isn't to brag, as its a skill I have cultivated, and one that is necessary to being a writer and a philosopher. It's a skill that enables me to look at an issue from a variety of viewpoints and extrapolate possible consequences, and pick… Continue reading Inclusion in Design

A Year in Review

Welcome to Moral Guillotines. This week marks the 1yr. anniversary of announcing and starting this project, and I have had so much fun. In the past year, I have written 47 articles on various topics in philosophy, but primarily ethics. I've talked about current affairs, how philosophy impacts my own life, and more. And the… Continue reading A Year in Review

The Marketplace of Ideas

Last week was a downer (sorry guys). But the world keeps on turning, and I keep on writing, so here we are again. In the past, I've talked about aspects of freedom of speech, and the possible consequences of shunning certain speech. *Which, by the way, when someone shuns your speech or disallows you a… Continue reading The Marketplace of Ideas

Paradigm Shifts: A torturous case example

The use of technology increases our abilities, broadens our conceptions of how society and work should be organized and accomplished, and requires careful attention to future possible future consequences. It also requires us to revise our definitions and paradigms. I've talked before about different aspects of how technology requires us to refine our ethics including… Continue reading Paradigm Shifts: A torturous case example

Sexual Orientation & Technology

I am queer. I am an openly bi/pansexual woman, though due to my current relationship I pass as straight. My sexual orientation is important to me, and I feel incredibly lucky that I am aware of it despite society's heteronormativity because it gives me the ability to appreciate the romantic and sexual potential of all… Continue reading Sexual Orientation & Technology

Holding Robots to Higher Standards

By now, you have probably all heard about the first pedestrian death caused by a self-driving car. It happened last week and let's just say that everyone is now a reactionary. The Reactions In response to this fatality a number of things happened. Uber pulled their other self-driving cars from cities around the world. People are… Continue reading Holding Robots to Higher Standards

Generating AI Values and Norms

I was recently recommended the following request for input* on the ethical design of AI systems and various corollary technologies. Some of the things that are included in this treatise (and it is well worth the read!) are things that I've talked about before: accountability, transparency, bias, etc. However, one of the really interesting ideas… Continue reading Generating AI Values and Norms

Anticipating Challenges: The Ethics of Deepfake Revenge Porn

Ethical questions are by their very nature intersectional questions. They ask us to consider contexts, think about  a wide range of outcomes and implications, and require a deep understanding of predictive thinking which usually involves consultation with expert sources on the subject. Today, I have a whammy of an intersectional ethical problem for you in… Continue reading Anticipating Challenges: The Ethics of Deepfake Revenge Porn

Algorithmic Accountability

In this past I've raised flags about the many of the true issues that make algorithms and AI potentially harmful and therefore, ethically contentious. Luckily, I'm not the only one who has started to notice these issues. For example, the city of New York is taking a stance on the algorithms its government uses in… Continue reading Algorithmic Accountability