Ethics and Technology

On the ethical usage of (and abstention from) technology in the modern era.
Mar
19
The Green Knight movie, the poem "Gawain and the Green Knight," and the video game Red Dead Redmption.

The Terrible Permanence of Technological Memory

Is redemption possible in a world where the machine never forgets?
10 min read
Mar
02
An AI generated image of hands, poorly drawn and badly proportioned

We Weren't Prepared for How Stupid the AI Struggle Would Be

Science fiction depicted the rise of AI as thrilling, existentially complex, and philosophically rich. The real world crisis is a lot dumber.
12 min read
Nov
27
GPT-4

ChatGPT Round-Up: AI in the Classroom

It's been six months since my viral tweet about ChatGPT, and the articles I wrote on it are now published. Time to revisit?
10 min read
Sep
30
MobyDick, Queequeg, and Captain Ahab.

Moby-Dick: Or, The Ambiguities

Moby-Dick is American Shakespeare. Each era finds something new in it, but its critical stance on technology, capitalism, and nature is timely as ever.
12 min read
Aug
07
Hercules and Cerberus by Peter Paul Rubens

The Fifth Head of Cerberus: Notes on a Neglected Masterpiece

Gene Wolfe's brilliant novel asks courageous questions about progress, space colonization, and humanity.
17 min read
Jun
24
ChatGPT landing page and website login

ChatGPT and the University's Existential Crisis

To grapple with ChatGPT in the classroom is also to grapple with the purpose of education: what are its means and what are its ends?
10 min read
Jun
11
Kanamit from Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man"

To Serve Man: The Relationship of Humanity to Technology

An explanation for this site. We can neither embrace technology uncritically, nor renounce it totally.
18 min read