Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni is a university professor and professor of international relations at The George Washington University. He served as a senior adviser to the Carter White House and taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. His latest book is Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in a Post-Human-Rights World.
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Worried About Robots Taking Over? This Ethics Bot Might Put Your Mind at Ease.

May 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just how worried should we be about killer robots? To go by the opinions of a highly regarded group of scholars, including Stephen Hawking, Max Tegmark, Franz Wilczek and Stuart Russell, we should be wary of the prospect of artificial intelligence rebelling against its makers. “One can imagine (AI) outsmarting...

Do Tech Companies Owe It to the Public to Cooperate With Surveillance?

March 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The greatest new threat to American security is that thousands of Westerners will return from the Middle East and Africa with the training and intent to commit acts of terrorism. Given that it is inconceivable to detain all such travelers—who include reporters, humanitarian workers, and businesspeople—keeping an eye on them,...

Commentary: Transparency Is Overrated

January 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Transparency is the Vitamin C of politics. It does some good under some limited conditions, but can cause harm if used as an alternative medicine when real treatments are needed. Though always popular, transparency has been much in the news recently as the solution to that which ails us. The...

Analysis: The Case for Keeping Whistleblowers Nervous

August 9, 2013 In its coverage of the government’s investigation into national-security leaks, the media have forfeited any claim to professional objectivity. News reports are loaded with editorializing terms such as “aggressive [anti-leak] policy,” “sweeping subpoenas,” and “fishing expedition.” And while editorials in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Slate...

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