Episode #39 - Re-engineering Humanity with Frischmann and Selinger

In this episode I talk to Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger about their book Re-engineering Humanity (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Brett and Evan are both former guests on the podcast. Brett is a Professor of Law, Business and Economics at Villanova University and Evan is Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Their book looks at how modern techno-social engineering is affecting humanity. We have a long-ranging conversation about the main arguments and ideas from the book. The book features lots of interesting thought experiments and provocative claims. I recommend checking it out. I highlight of this conversation for me was our discussion of the 'Free Will Wager' and how it pertains to debates about technology and social engineering.You can listen to the episode below or download it here. You can also subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes (the RSS feed is here). Show Notes 0:00 - Introduction 1:33 - What is techno-social engineering? 7:55 - Is techno-social engineering turning us into simple machines? 14:11 - Digital contracting as an example of techno-social engineering 22:17 - The three important ingredients of modern techno-social engineering 29:17 - The Digital Tragedy of the Commons 34:09 - Must we wait for a Leviathan to save us? 44:03 - The Free Will Wager 55:00 - The problem of Engineered Determinism 1:00:03 - What does it mean to be self-determined? 1:12:03 - Solving the problem? The freedom to be off Relevant Links Evan Selinger's homepage Brett Frischmann's homepage Re-engineering Humanity - website 'Reverse Turing Tests: Are humans becoming more machine-like?' by me Episode 4 with Evan Selinger on Privacy and Algorithmic Outsourcing Episode 7 with Brett Frischmann on Human-Focused Turing Tests Gregg Caruso on 'Free Will Skepticism and Its Implications: An Argument for Optimism' Derk Pereboom on Relationships and Free Will Subscribe to the newsletter

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