Today there are high hopes for technological progress. Techno-optimists expect massive benefits for humankind from the invention of new technologies. Peter Diamandis is the founder of the X-prize foundation, whose purpose is to arrange competitions for breakthrough inventions. His aim is “a world of nine billion people with clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalized education, top-tier medical care, and nonpolluting, ubiquitous energy”. The Internet is a special focus for … [Read more...]
Nicholas Agar is Reader in Philosophy at Victoria University in New Zealand, and the author of The Sceptical Optimist: Why Technology Isn't the Answer to Everything. He has spent much of his academic career writing about ethical and philosophical issues that arise in connection with new technologies.