by Russell Blackford

The thing about radical enhancement is, it’s radical.

For comparison, Gregory Benford, the award-winning science fiction writer and distinguished astrophysicist, has often emphasized the sheer alienness of intelligent extraterrestrials, if such exist. If we ever encounter them, we must not assume that their thought processes and motivations…

Researcher Steven Umbrello guest at the convivial evening

by Alessia Bazzano Originally Published in La Sesia APRIL 8, 2021 10:30

Originally Published in Italian

“Nowadays, innovation is about saving the planet and passing it on to future generations in good shape. The obligation to see that there are possibilities to solve problems is the essential aspect of responsible…


The international debate on the ethics and legality of autonomous weapon systems (AWS), along with the call for a ban, primarily focus on the nebulous concept of fully autonomous AWS. These are AWS capable of target selection and engagement absent human supervision or control. This paper argues that such a…

Enjoyed being on the Into the Absurd #podcast! “The west is a victory, but at what cost? Learn of the perils of #socialmedia manipulation, murderous world leaders, and #KILLERROBOTS with Steven Umbrello!”

Design for Values (DfV) philosophies are a series of design approaches that aim to incorporate human values into the early phases of technological design to direct innovation into beneficial outcomes. The difficulty and necessity of directing advantageous futures for transformative technologies through the application and adoption of value-based design approaches…

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Global discussions on the legality and ethics of using Artificial intelligence (AI) technology in warfare, particularly the use of autonomous weapons (AWS), continue to be hotly debated. Despite the push for a ban on these types of systems, unilateral agreement remains out of reach. Much of the disaccord…

Adrienne Mayor, Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology, Princeton University Press, pp. 304, $29.95 (hbk) ISBN 9780691183510

We are currently living in an age not only marked by the pervasiveness of high-technology and information dissemination but by their exponential development and deployment defying global borders. This…


A key insight from the philosophy of technology is that technological artifacts and sociotechnical systems are not value-neutral, but support or constrain certain values. Several philosophical accounts for understanding the embedding of values in technological artifacts have been proposed and approaches like Value Sensitive Design, Design for Values, and Responsible…

First of all Stefan, why do they call you the ‘bad boy of philosophy’? What have you done?

In 2009 the Journal of Evolution and Technology published my article ‘Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism’. Many transhumanists, Nietzsche scholars, and ethicists wrote articles in response to my claims there.

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Steven Umbrello

Steven Umbrello is the Managing Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

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