Prisons in crisis and ethics of AI (E291)
Temperatures have already reached the highest since records began. It’s set to be a long hot summer and nowhere more so than in Britain’s overcrowded, understaffed prisons. Deprived of the right to strike and, they say, underpaid and under strength, our prison officers will struggle to keep the lid on the boiling pot of Britain’s huge jail population. Mick Pimblett is on the frontline, he’s one of the leaders of the Prison Officers Association, and, so, we invited him to the studio to tell us about a system in crisis.
Florid flesh and blood might be back in Downing Street but the robots haven’t given up. We regularly talk about artificial intelligence, but most experts are more concerned with the technology rather than the sociology. Artificial intelligence threatens to throw millions out of work, which would be fine if the newly unemployed didn’t starve as a result. One man, who is campaigning prodigiously on these issues, is Dr John McCone, founder of Philosophy for the Future. He hopped aboard Sputnik to tell us more about the ethics of AI.