In a January 26, 2012 segment on NPR’s All Things Considered, host Melissa Block interviewed John Vucetich, a wildlife ecologist from Michigan Technological University who is part of a 54-year-long study of wolves and moose on Isle Royale, a frigid wilderness island located in the remote waters of Lake Superior. Her first question was this: […]


Resisting antibiotics

January 31, 2012

It’s cold and flu season again. People in office suites, restaurants, elevators, and theaters are coughing and hacking, and the germs are flying. When you or someone you care for is ailing, a fast-acting antibiotic seems desirable, despite the fact that we know antibiotics are clearly not always the answer. In fact, although antibiotics have […]


The Future of Moral Machines

January 12, 2012

A robot walks into a bar and says, “I’ll have a screwdriver.” A bad joke, indeed. But even less funny if the robot says, “Give me what’s in the cash register.” Thinking about machines with morals (or lacking them) is one of Colin Allen’s specialties. Allen is a Provost Professor of history and the philosophy […]