ENCORE: “If it bleeds, it leads” is
the tried and true tenet of news. Indeed, headlines are often no more
than a long list of moral atrocities. Yet one man argues that we’re
living in the most civilized era in history. And he credits this to
scientific thought and reason.
Hang on! Our executive function
isn’t enough to promote ethical behavior, says a psychologist. The real
fuel behind our drive to be good? Anger, compassion, pride: your
But whether or not you’re a pillar of the community, good
intentions might all be for naught when future ethical decisions are made by
our silicon successors. Get ready for moral machines. Or not.