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Should governments fund liberal arts degrees?
Graduates with a thorough understanding of ethics, philosophy, and history are needed in order to guide the careful development of powerful new technologies.
As stronger and more life-like artificial intelligence is created, increasingly complicated
are arising about the treatment of strong AI systems or human-like robots.
Advanced genetic engineering technologies - such as CRISPR - have created
around permanent gene altering for curing diseases and human enhancement.
Questions regarding how
should respond in dangerous situations require weighing up complicated ethical and philosophical ideas about prioritisation of personal safety and obligations to others.
Data collection, protection, and privacy are becoming increasingly
for consumers, corporations, and governments. Adapting concepts such as privacy to the 21st century and the Information Age requires a philosophical and ethical education.
The benefit of having informed graduates could be achieved simply by incorporating the study of ethical questions into STEM degrees - for example, requiring genetics students to take a class in the ethics of gene editing.
Comprehensive general education requirements, such as those in many
, could provide sufficient civic, social, historical, and philosophical educations for non-liberal arts graduates.