morality

HOTY2017

This Think Tank Wants to End Factory Farming

The Sentience Institute believes it can find answers to today’s problems in the history of social movements.
Matthew Gault
12.28.17
short circuit

The Tradeoffs of Imbuing Self-Driving Cars With Human Morality

When cars drive themselves, will they take human notions of morality into their decision-making?
Curtis Silver
8.25.16
robots

When AI Goes Wrong, We Won’t Be Able to Ask It Why

AI finally works—we just don't know how.
Jordan Pearson
7.6.16
News

Study Shows That Lies Told on a Full Bladder Are More Believable

This gives new meaning to “liar, liar, pants on fire.”
Rachel Pick
9.21.15
Sex

This Character's Costume Was Too Sexy for 'Final Fantasy'

The side butt and upper butt were too much for some gamers.
Emanuel Maiberg
4.7.15
Culture

Time Travel Is Totally Possible (in Virtual Reality)

Being able to go back and change the virtual past is an interesting psychological and philosophical option.
Victoria Turk
8.27.14
Features

A Robot Made Me Do It

Studies suggest we will obey our future robot bosses. But what if a machine asked us to perform a morally objectionable task? Would we?
Leanne Butkovic
3.27.14
Motherboard Blog

Would You Kill Someone to Save Five Others? Virtual Reality Tells the Truth

A train is charging toward a group of people. You have 10 seconds to either reroute it and intentionally kill a man, or do nothing and let the group die. What do you do, for real?
Meghan Neal
1.15.14
Motherboard Blog

Philip K. Dick's 4-Dimensional Gun

What the late sci-fi master had to say about the ultimate weapon.
Claire L. Evans
3.26.13
Motherboard Blog

Baseball Fans Are Dicks, Scientifically Speaking

Could revenge baseball-beaning be analogous to honor killings and warfare? Who knows, but baseball is pretty douchey either way.
SAM MCDOUGLE
4.8.12