Allan McCay teaches at the University of Sydney Foundation Program, and the University of Sydney Law School. He is also an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics, at Macquarie University. In the past he has taught at the Law School at the University of New South Wales, and the Business School at the University of Sydney. Allan trained as a solicitor in Scotland and has also practiced in Hong Kong with the global law firm Baker McKenzie. He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney Law School and is interested in behavioural genetics, neuroscience, neurotechnology, and the criminal law. His philosophical interests relate to the free will problem, philosophy of punishment and philosophy of artificial intelligence. He has been a visiting researcher at the philosophy departments of the University of California, Riverside, the University of Stirling, and also at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University. He has published in the journals Neuroethics, The Journal of Evolution and Technology, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, The International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, and The Indigenous Law Bulletin. His edited collection (with Michael Sevel), Free Will and the Law: New Perspectives is published by Routledge.
Might consciousness and free will be the aces up our sleeves when it comes to competing with robots?
We are far from defenceless against the rise of robots, although they'll take many of our routine jobs. Our special strength is our ability to apply rules that don't exist.