16 episodes

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st Century, with leading global thinkers and British 6th form students.

Morality in the 21st Century BBC

    • Religion & Spirituality

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st Century, with leading global thinkers and British 6th form students.

    Episode 15: Michael Sandel

    Episode 15: Michael Sandel

    In this episode, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to the world-renowned political philosopher Michael Sandel about how we can return to a politics of the common good.



    Producer: Dan Tierney

    Series Editor: Christine Morgan

    • 25 min
    Episode 14: Steven Pinker and Melinda Gates

    Episode 14: Steven Pinker and Melinda Gates

    In this episode, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to the Harvard cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker and the American philanthropist, Melinda Gates. First, Steven Pinker outlines his reasons for hope for a better world, drawing on themes from his recent book ‘Enlightenment Now’. Melinda Gates explores what motivated her and her husband Bill to dedicate their lives to philanthropy and explains who her moral role models were when she was growing up.



    Producer: Dan Tierney

    Series Editor: Christine Morgan

    • 28 min
    Episode 13: Moral Heroes

    Episode 13: Moral Heroes

    In this episode, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks finds out who young people see as their moral role models in the 21st Century and explores powerful reasons for hope for a better, more ethical and more responsible world.



    Contributors:

    Steven Pinker, Harvard cognitive psychologist, linguist, and author;

    Melinda Gates, Philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;

    Heather Templeton-Dill, President of the John Templeton Foundation;

    David Brooks, political and social commentator and author;

    Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto;

    Michael Sandel, political philosopher and professor at Harvard University;

    Students from The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester High School for Girls, Loreto College in Manchester, Graveney School in London and Queens' School in Hertfordshire.



    Producer: Dan Tierney

    Series Editor: Christine Morgan

    • 42 min
    Episode 12: Nick Bostrom

    Episode 12: Nick Bostrom

    In this episode, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks continues his exploration of the moral challenges posed by AI, by speaking to Nick Bostrom, Philosophy Professor at the University of Oxford, who was one of the first to warn of the dangers of “superintelligence” in his book by the same name.



    Producer: Dan Tierney

    Series Editor: Christine Morgan

    • 23 min
    Episode 11: Mustafa Suleyman

    Episode 11: Mustafa Suleyman

    In this episode, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to Mustafa Suleyman, Co-founder and Head of Applied AI at DeepMind – one of the world’s leading innovators in Artificial Intelligence – who explores what he sees as the biggest moral questions around AI.



    Producer: Dan Tierney

    Series Editor: Christine Morgan

    • 19 min
    Episode 10: Artificial Intelligence

    Episode 10: Artificial Intelligence

    AI is already fundamentally transforming our world, and in the coming years will have an enormous impact on almost every aspect of our lives. So the ethical questions surrounding its development are urgent and important. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks argues that we must always be able to choose our fate, in the full dignity of responsibility, never forgetting that machines were made to serve human beings, not the other way around.



    Contributors:

    Mustafa Suleyman, Co-founder and Head of Applied AI at DeepMind;

    Nick Bostrom, Philosophy Professor at the University of Oxford;

    Students from Queens' School in Hertfordshire.



    Producer: Dan Tierney

    Series Editor: Christine Morgan

    • 42 min

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