Top News, Articles, and Interviews in Philosophy

Taming the Beast: Building Self-regulating AI

Artificial Intelligence is all the rage these days–at least among the tech Illuminati. The attitude among the general population on the other hand seems to range from indifference, to fear, to outright antagonism. One of the big concerns many people share is the worry that AI systems will become too powerful and grow beyond the ability of their creators to manage and control. Is there a solution? [More]

What is Skepticism?

Dr. Joseph Shieber explores skepticism--a theory and approach to truth-gathering that has a long and sometimes less-than-favorable reputation. Dr. Shieber walks us through the history of skepticism, explores modern versions and possible refutations, then offers guidance on how to use a skeptical stance to get closer to the truth. With the constant barrage of the fake news, conflicting scientific claims, and social media demagoguery we're exposed to on a daily basis, this article is a must read! [More]

Movie Notes: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Writer-director Martin McDonagh explores coginitive biases and dissonance against a backdrop of abuse, intolerance, bias, authority, revenge, and despair. Though a dark film, it's not gloomy. With high-energy actors and actresses, enough dark comedy to lighten the load, and a solid screenplay, the film works as a philosophical and emotional exploration. [More]