John Basl

I’m a philosopher mostly researching, teaching, and otherwise working in moral philosophy and applied or practical ethics, especially in the area of AI and data ethics. Like most philosophers, I love taking up deep philosophical puzzles, and in my case that often means thinking about how emerging technologies raise new puzzles or interact with or disrupt existing views and theories. I also think the insights, tools, dinstinctions, and concepts of philosophy have a lot to offer for helping to realize the promise of emerging technologies in an ethical way. I try to contribute to that project through interdisciplinary collaborations and learning, attempting to make philosophy accessible and useful, and trying to really understand the technologies and contexts I’m engaged with.

On this site, you can find out about some of the work I’ve done, the questions I’ve tried to help answer, talks and interviews I’ve given, and projects I’m working on. If you are interested in a collaboration with myself or with the Northeastern Ethics Institute, please do reach out. I get a lot of email, but I try to be responsive.