David Moyer

David Moyer covers emerging technology and ethics. A freelance journalist, he has worked for several clients in a writing and consulting capacity. He graduated from the University of North Texas with degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies. In his spare time he enjoys reading, coffee, and passionate debate.

Articles by David

17 articles
Ethical Technophile: Small thinking, big ethics

Ethical Technophile: Small thinking, big ethics

Sometimes technological innovation is about doing something that has never been done. The Saturn V rocket that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon certainly was. But other times, maybe even most other times, technological innovation is about tackling the small challenges that amalgamate to produce big changes. Sometimes true innovation is not about creating a product that is outwardly revolutionary, but one that performs a common task significantly better than its predecessor. We see these technologies everywhere – from cardboard boxes to light bulbs to fuel and emissions efficient engine technology.

Ethical Technophile – Where's My Jetpack: Do Americans Really Want Emerging Tech?

Ethical Technophile – Where’s My Jetpack: Do Americans Really Want Emerging Tech?

With technologies like tablets, touch screens, computers in cars and cloud computing becoming ubiquitous, inventions that were once firmly in the realm of science fiction are becoming a daily reality.

Relationships + Collaboration = Success

Relationships + Collaboration = Success

While California may have Silicon Valley, it's New England that's making waves in the angel investment community, and Chris Mirabile is one of the people leading the way. Mirabile is the co-managing director of Launchpad Venture Group, the largest angel group in New England.

Ethical Technophile: Where We Are Now Matters

Ethical Technophile: Where We Are Now Matters

Human beings are not the biggest animal on Planet Earth. Neither are we the strongest, fastest, sturdiest, or longest living. However, we have become the most successful apex predator in existence as we know it. How have we accomplished this? What sets us apart is our intelligence and ability to use tools. These interrelated abilities have allowed us to overcome our environment and any other predators we have faced.

Cross the Streams: Charles Fracchia's Bits to Bio and Back

Cross the Streams: Charles Fracchia’s Bits to Bio and Back

The fields of biology and technology are becoming increasingly intertwined. Without computers, sequencing the human genome would have remained a pipe dream. Additionally, some of the most fascinating advances in computing technology have come from observing and replicating aspects of the biological world. This “bits to bio and bio to bits” approach is the core of Charles Fracchia’s world. Fracchia, an IBM PhD Fellow at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT and Church Lab at Harvard Medical School, is the founder of BioBright.org, which makes open-source tools for laboratories and medical devices.

Ethical Technophile: Through the Looking (Google) Glass

Ethical Technophile: Through the Looking (Google) Glass

The future has a way of sneaking up on us. Part of the reason for this is the accelerating pace at which new technologies are developed, as predicted by Moore's Law. But another reason for this is that before a technology gains mass market acceptance, chances are that is has gone through an extensive research phase and many failed iterations. Consider Google Glass. Even though the consumer edition of Glass won't hit the market until next year, the device is already making waves.

Ethical Technophile: Curing Death 1

Ethical Technophile: Curing Death

What would you do for a chance at immortality? Would you want to be immortal? Don't just give the quick answer. Think about the question for a moment. How would immortality change the face of humanity?

Support or Supplant? Daniel Lindenberger on the Future of A.I.

Support or Supplant? Daniel Lindenberger on the Future of A.I.

What is intelligence? Is it possible to create intelligence, and if so, what will be our role be as the stewards of what we create? Will our creation eventually come to dominate us? The ramifications of the creation and shaping of consciousness itself are impossible to understate, and it can be argued, to understand. It is an ethical question that is potentially vaster by orders of magnitude than any other question humanity has ever faced.

The Intersection of Engineering and Neuroscience: Dan Bacher on Braingate and Assistive Technologies

The Intersection of Engineering and Neuroscience: Dan Bacher on Braingate and Assistive Technologies

Dan Bacher has always been fascinated by two things: electrical engineering and neuroscience. While these interests may seem divergent, the synthesis of them led him to Brown University’s BrainGate Group, where he is the Senior Research and Development Engineer. Says Bacher, “applying technology to the area of neuroscience just always fascinated me.”

The Ethical Technophile: Theoretical Ethics

The Ethical Technophile: Theoretical Ethics

Remember Dolly the sheep? As the first mammal to be successfully cloned, Dolly created a firestorm of controversy, leading many governments to preemptively pass legislation banning human cloning. If nothing else, this proves that technology and ethics cannot be separated from each other. Though many ethicists argue that technology itself is inherently value neutral, being used by humans raises ethical considerations.

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