John Danaher brings some philosophical rigor to show. He also does the impossible: makes sense of our ramblings.
John Danaher is a writer, lecturer, and futurist thinker par excellence. He’s turned his keen academic mind to the topics and problems that concern us most—automation, artificial intelligence, technological unemployment, human enhancement, etc.—and how they currently inform or contextualize some of the oldest and hardest philosophical quandaries. His blog—Philosophical Disquisitions—and podcast—Algocracy and Transhumanism—are both highly recommended.
Of particular relevance to this episode are John’s podcasts with Sven Hyholm and Hannah Maslen, his paper “The Threat of Algocracy,” his post “Moral Enhancement and Moral Freedom: A Critical Analysis,” and his blog series on Technological Unemployment and the Value of Work and Robotic and Virtual Sex. But it’s okay if you listen to our conversation first. You won’t get in trouble. I promise.
- Right away we go on a tangent about nominative determinism. We’ll give Louis C.K. the final word.
- A. Aneesh: coiner of the term “algocracy.”
- Read more about nudges here. Also in the book Nudge.
- “Man develops powerful love of Johnny Cash following deep brain stimulation”
- “The incorrigible social meaning of video game imagery” by Stephanie Patridge
- Really, “The Basic Income Is the Worst Response to Automation”? More like this piece is the worst response to automation, amirite?