110 Final Exam Spring 2019

Answer 3 of the following 5 questions.  Each answer should be ½ page, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font.  Email your answers to me by Wednesday, May 15 at 9:45am.  The subject line of your email should read PHIL 110 FINAL



(Non) Human Intelligence

We are experiencing a 4th Industrial Revolution.  Computers/automation will make it so that humans have more leisure time & time for entertainment. We will have Less repetitive/hard labor jobs, better working conditions and more time to solve the bigger problems in life.

  1. Do you agree or disagree that this describes our future? Explain


Artificial Unintelligence

Instead of just asking, “Is this new technical innovation good or not?”, we need to ask, “good for whom?”

We must investigate the wider application and implications of our technical choices and be prepared for the fact that we might not like what we find.

  1. Give an example of a technology that might be good for some people and harmful for others.


Ctrl + Z: The Right to be Forgotten

  1. Which statement do you agree with and why?
  • Privacy is the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.
  • “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”


The Death of Expertise

Confirmation bias means that people tend to look for and accept information that confirms what we believe and dismiss data that challenges what we already believe in.

  1. Give an example of how confirmation bias infects our use of the internet.



It is the responsibility of scientists and engineers to think how their technology changes the world.

  1. Should scientists and engineers be allowed to “try anything” to see if they can do it, or should governments put limits on scientific research for the good of their citizens?