A short interview with Margaret Boden, published at the ever better Oxford University Press blog, on the topics of the Singularity, emotions, and computer consciousness. One of the few sane commentaries on the issue, I think.
And speaking of crazy ideas, you might have heard that Silicon Valley former wunderkind Elon Musk has (predictably) endorsed philosopher’s Nick Bostrom’s notion that we very, very likely live inside a computer simulation. Julian Baggini, interesting as always, brings a different perspective to the issue, asking exactly why are people fascinated by this sort of scifi stuff?
On a very different topic, Lisa Feldman Barrett tells us over at the New York Times that if we are in despair that’s actually good for us. The article actually is about the interesting notion of “emotional granularity.”
An in-depth book review about moral aims at the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews on a collection of essays by feminist philosopher Cheshire Calhoun. The book apparently is “a robust and provocative approach to ethical theory,” and at the least the review, by Kathryn J. Norlock, of Trent University, is worth checking out.
Pornosophy: what is the problem with hedonism? Francis Levy tells us all about it, beginning: “the problem within hedonism is that it’s so self serving.” No kidding.