Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University
John Basl received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. He has been a faculty member in the department of philosophy and religion at Northeastern University since 2013. Prior to that, he was a faculty member in the philosophy department at Bowling Green State University. His published work spans a variety of issues in applied ethics and moral philosophy with a focus on issues of moral status. His recent book, “The Death of The Ethics of Life” takes up issues in environmental ethics concerning the status of non-sentient life. During his time at the Edmond J. Safra Center, he will focus on developing oversight mechanisms to govern the development of emerging technologies. The primary aim of the project is to defend a committee-based approach to oversight, and provide tools that institutions can use to deploy such oversight. John is an AI Initiative Joint Fellow-in-Residence.