The semester has begun and with it the undergraduate ethics seminar that we co-host with MIT Philosophy. We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Abby Everett Jaques teaching the class this semester. Dr. Jaques received her PhD in Philosophy from MIT and is now teaching for the department. Her area of interest and research is the ethics of AI--certainly a timely and provocative issue.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Does human life have to be driven by the urge to grow and consume and dominate? Or is it possible that we could make room for other forms of life?
#MeToo and Worker Power
Sunday, December 9, 2018
On Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm in Room 6-120, we will be hosting a conversation about #MeToo and worker power. It'll focus on last month's walkout at Google, and we'll be joined by one of the leading organizers of the walkout at the Google Cambridge office.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
On Thursday, December 6 at 5:15pm in Room 1-190, we will be hosting, along with the MIT Faculty Newsletter, a panel discussion on MIT’s relationship with the Saudi Arabian government and monarchy. The horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has spurred MIT to reassess its engagement with Saudi Arabia. This is good news and a good start. However, much needs to be done if MIT is to seriously consider the ethical demands on any relationship the Institute nurtures—whether individual, corporate or with a nation-state.
Looking Forward and Reflecting Back
Monday, November 26, 2018
As we return to campus following the Thanksgiving break, we here at Radius are grateful to have been able to catch our collective breath before heading into the last of the semester. As we enjoyed a few days to reflect and express gratitude for all we have and for the people in our lives, that circle includes the amazing array or speakers we've hosted this semester. In particular, the speakers for our series on the 2018 Elections provided invaluable insights into the election.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Without hope, there is no reason to vote. No reason to protest, nor to stand up against daunting challenges like climate change. Hope is the only thing that makes it rational to participate in any of these actions, because hope is the binding agent of all of our greatest efforts to actualize justice in a world which continually manifests injustice. Hope finds us in our Apocalypses.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Even when we think we have a good boundaries in place, tech can find new doorways into our family life.
Probing the Ethics of Innovation
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Since the 20th century, the United States has been a “Miracle Machine” of innovation, pioneering groundbreaking inventions ranging from the Internet to genetic editing tools to artificial intelligence systems. These innovations have been life-changing, but their widespread deployment has also brought unintended ethical, and social consequences that, in some cases, have put our health, happiness, and democracy in danger.
Tech Is Broken. How Do We Fix It?
Saturday, October 27, 2018
This Wednesday, we have the pleasure of hosting Moria Weigel and Ben Tarnoff, two prominent tech journalists and authors. Both Moira and Ben have written extensively about the tech industry and the increasing scrutiny of these industries.
How Do We Engage in Civil Conversations in An Age of Polarization?
Patricia-Maria Weinmann and Derek Black
Sunday, October 21, 2018
This Wednesday, we will host our 4th (in a series of 5) program focusing on the November elections. Derek Black with join us as we grapple with issues of white supremacy, racism and the intense polarization that currently exists in the US. Below, Derek writes about some of his thoughts that he will share with us on Wednesday. Please join us.