From Neurotic Cars To Brain Hacking, Top 10 Lists Reveal The Future And Our Challenges

The beginning, or end, of every year is marked by an eruption of Top 10 lists. Permit me to start with my top pick, the annual Notre Dame Reilly Center Top 10 List of Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology. Topping that list this year is Honda’s announcement to develop an artificial-intelligence-driven “emotion engine” to “read” a driver’s emotions. Would you really want your car to do that? Forget about the prospect of your kids one day taking your keys away when you fail an eye or reflex test. How about when your emotions are running high and your smart car keeps you in the driveway until you ‘just calm down’ after a fight with your wife/husband/child/neighbor/boss/dog or cable installer? And what happens if your car itself…


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