WSJ: The Robots May Become More Ethical Than Most of Us (2015)

My 8/1/2015 WSJ Letter to the Editor, reprinted here: [My proposed title was “Lame Robotic Strawmen”, but the WSJ ignored that.] July 31, 2015 4:30 p.m. ET The concerns expressed in the essay “Is It Possible to Create an Ethical Robot?” (Review, July 25) about “blindly obeying” speed limits are already solved, as BMW and…

BJA: We’d be better off keeping cryptography free (1994)

A Who’s Who of cryptographic geniuses published this 31 page indictment of Government stupidity yesterday (7/7/2015): Keys Under Doormats: Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications Abelson, Diffie, Rivest, Schneier, e. al. go into much greater depth than my short 1994 opinion piece in the Bellevue, WA, newspaper, but I believe I…

WSJ: Survival of the Fittest Is Best Defense for Cyber Attacks (2012)

My 5/3/2012 WSJ Letter to the Editor, reprinted here: LETTERS Survival of the Fittest Is Best Defense for Cyber Attacks May 3, 2012 3:55 p.m. ET Judging from his April 23 op-ed “Everyone Should Pay for Cyber Defense,” Martin Feldstein doesn’t know enough about software, biology or evolution. Why is biology important? Because software hacking—and…

WSJ: You Cannot ‘Pause’ Evolution (2015)

My 4/20/2015 WSJ Letter to the Editor, reprinted here: Drs. Baltimore and Berg have unimpeachable scientific credentials, but judging from their opinion piece, they appear to have an incomplete understanding of human nature. Every technology advance has been pursued aggressively for the perceived economic or military advantage of its developer. Just a few examples are…