Simon Chesterman (NUS): Responsibility to Protect, Responsibility to Whom? Nadia Banteka (Penn): Dangerous Liaisons: The Responsibility to Protect and a Reform of the U.N. Security Council. Mark Kersten on how the Responsibility to Protect doctrine is faltering. Patrick Emerton and Toby Handfield (Monash): Humanitarian Intervention and the Modern State System. Jonathan Whittall (MSF): Is Humanitarian Action Independent from Political Interests? Mohamed S. Helal (Harvard): Justifying War and the Limits of Humanitarianism. When the modern human rights movement began in the 1970s, no one expected it to become part of the antiwar camp — but it’s also true that no one expected the human rights industry to acquiesce so uncritically in Washington’s militarism. Can humanitarian intervention be saved from its friends? Heather Hurlburt on how a new generation of Democrats have pushed the language of liberal interventionism underground.


A new issue of Film-Philosophy is out. Mary Leary (CUA): “Modern Day Slavery”: Implications of a Label. 2015 is the year America finally went bonkers. Is cultural appropriation the bogeyman it’s made out to be? The effects of exposure to violence on aggressive behavior: The case of Arab and Jewish children in Israel. To attack cultural appropriation as offensive or insensitive is to attack culture itself, and just as absurd — everything from the food we eat to the Christmas many are about to celebrate is the result of cultural fusion. Jack Dunphy reviews Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City by Ray Kelly. NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton invites former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly to “be a big man”. New research shows just how much presidents try to manipulate public opinion. Jeffrey Petts reviews Waste: A Philosophy of Things by William Viney. Who won 2015? Rembert Browne figures it out.


Dana Remus (UNC) and Frank S. Levy (MIT): Can Robots Be Lawyers? Computers, Lawyers, and the Practice of Law. Peter Frase on robot redux. “Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us”: A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end. Robots are coming for your job, but that might not be bad news — the problem with automation isn’t technology, the problem is capitalism. Do the Robot: Rob Horning on how the threat of automation can be used to extract more emotional labor and more competitive advantage from humans — after all, one of the few things a robot can’t supply is enthusiasm. Silly robots: Yes, they’re coming for our jobs — but we’ll have the last laugh. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee on the jobs that AI can’t replace. Cade Metz on how robots will steal our jobs, but they’ll give us new ones. Are the robots taking enough jobs? Preparing for the attack of the robots: The six-hour day sounds like a very intriguing idea, in addition to the fact that it will give people more time to do things they enjoy.

Kate Darling, Palash Nandy, and Cynthia Breazeal (MIT): Empathic Concern and the Effect of Stories in Human-Robot Interaction. John Wenz on the questions we’re not asking about sex robots: The future is going to force us to answer some uncomfortable questions about love and machines. Amitai Etzioni (GWU): The Ethics Bot: AI Needs Legal and Ethical Guidance. The Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines now has a unique ethics policy. Jason Millar (Queen’s): Technological Moral Proxies and the Ethical Limits of Automating Decision-Making In Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Vincent C. Muller (Anatolia): Risks of Artificial Intelligence. Cory Doctorow on the (real) hard problem of AI. Will Knight on how robots can now teach each other new tricks. Can this man make AI more human? Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus thinks the leading approach to machine learning can be improved by ideas gleaned from studying children. Jacob Brogan on how treating robots like children is changing A.I. Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel argues that conscious machines would deserve special moral consideration akin to our own children.

David Berreby on on how artificial intelligence is already weirdly inhuman. Don’t worry, smart machines will take us with them: Stephen Hsu on why human intelligence and AI will co-evolve. Human life is short, and being a part-time, part-useful robot makes it ever so slightly more interesting. Yes, we will live with artificial intelligence — but it will be friend, not foe. Robots won’t own you — you’ll own the robot. Robert Burton: How I learned to stop worrying and love A.I. Jack Clark goes inside Google’s efforts to create a general-purpose robot. Tyler Cowen reviews Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will by Geoff Colvin. John Danaher on Polanyi’s paradox: Will humans maintain any advantage over machines? All too inhuman: Illah Reza Nourbakhsh on the coming robot dystopia. Steven Levy on how Elon Musk and Y Combinator plan to stop computers from taking over: They’re funding a new organization, OpenAI, to pursue the most advanced forms of artificial intelligence — and give the results to the public (and more).

John Danaher (NUI Galway): Why AI-Doomsayers are Like Sceptical Theists and Why it Matters. Raffi Khatchadourian on the Doomsday Invention: Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction? Wanted: Three boffins to save the world from the “AI apocalypse”.


Paula Gerber and Phoebe Irving Lindner (Monash): Birth Certificates for Children with Same-Sex Parents: A Reflection of Biology or Something More? Glenn Greenwald on spying on Congress and Israel: NSA cheerleaders discover value of privacy only when their own is violated. Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy summit in Nevada was a nonstop procession of extremism, conspiracism — and candidates. Despite the Trump disaster, the Republican Party is in great shape. Hamilton Nolan on how the Republican Party is a trick. Helaine Olen on how Elizabeth Warren wields power: Even without running she’s forcing the Democratic candidates to look out for consumers. Democrats, beware: Billionaires can still buy elections very easily. Can honest history allow for hope? Tim Tyson on how the obligations of scholarship diverge from the needs of activists.


From Antropologia, a special issue on Southeast Asia. Carbon emissions: Southeast Asia is in trouble. Myanmar’s bad blood: Following the country’s landmark election, can former political prisoners make nice with their military oppressors? Maya Tudor on four developments to watch after Burma’s historic elections. How will Aung San Suu Kyi govern Myanmar? After a landslide, worries that a beloved leader may be too much of a one-woman political movement. Democracy in Myanmar? Perhaps not yet. The war is over: In the Philippines, one of the world’s longest running communist insurgencies is being worn down by the passage of history. Vision and leadership: Adam Ross Pearlman reviews Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World, Interviews and Selections. Tyler Cowen on why Singapore is special (and more). It’s been 50 years since the biggest US-backed genocide you’ve never heard of (and more). Margaret Scott on the Indonesian massacre: What did the US know?

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