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    Daniel Callahan

    • Does the Future Belong to Assisted Death?

      Posted on March 19, 2018

      I have been opposed to physician-assisted death for well over 30 years. I need to go back to my early days with this issue to lay out some of my reflections and misgivings. It had long been the case, I was told in 1970, that if one had the right connections and savvy one could… Read more

    • Driverless Cars: Can There Be a Moral Algorithm?

      Posted on July 5, 2016

      The death in May of a technology expert driving a Tesla driverless car was surely a sad event for his family, but no less a shock for a company and an industry developing such a car. The driver, Joshua Brown, had test-driven it over 45,000 miles and was, along with the company, confident about its… Read more

    • Gene Drive Technology: Lessons of the Atomic Bomb

      Posted on June 15, 2016

      At the age of 15, in August 1945, I heard the radio announcement of the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. It left an indelible unsettled mark on my memory, never quite matched since. Years later, in 1986, I read Richard Rhodes’s superb book, The Making of The Atom Bomb. I then learned in… Read more

    • Why Is Ethics Too Often Playing Catch Up?

      Posted on January 2, 2013

      The question is as old as the field of bioethics: why does ethics too often not see problems coming and is then forced to play catch-up? Note that I use the phrase “ethics too often,” implying that the difficulty lies with the discipline of ethics itself, not with those who try to understand and use… Read more