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- The Hastings Center at 50: Looking Back and Ahead
Posted on February 13, 2019
This year, The Hastings Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Center was first located on the second floor of my house in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., with some overflow paperwork stored at the home of my neighborhood friend and cofounder, Willard Gaylin. Neither of us had ever run an organization or raised money. I am a… Read more
- 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