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This week on The Point
September 22: Moral robots
As computerized machines play an ever larger role in our lives, engineers and ethicists are exploring whether we could – or should – try to build robots with the capacity to make moral decisions.
September 23: Fishing Families
The theme of this years Working Waterfront Festival is Ship to Shore: Celebrating Families in the Industry, which looks at the
historic and contemporary role of fishing families, both on shore and at sea. Guests Laura Orleans, Folklorist and Director of the Working Waterfront Festival and Kirsten Bendiksen whose husband fished for 30 years before coming ashore to open a family fun shoreside business designing and manufacturing gear for the scallop and groundfishing fleets.
Later in the hour Retired US Coast Guard Captain W. Russell Webster talks about his book The Sol e Mar: Tragedy off Martha's Vineyard which he co-wrote with his wife Elizabeth. The book chronicles the story of the Sol e Mar and its’ crew and explains the psychology of hoax callers and Coast Guard technological advancements since the 1990 tragedy.
September 24: Kurt Vonnegut
Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, Melanie Lawuers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times and Lucy Loomis, Sturgis Library Director talk about author Kurt Vonnegut. Columbus Day weekend kicks off a three day festival in celebration of the life and work of the former resident of Barnstable Village.
September 25: New Bedford Mills
Joe Thomas, Historian and co-founder of Spinner Publications and WCAI Southcoast Reporter Brian Morris talk about the history of the mills in New Bedford and efforts to revitalize these structures for present day use.
September 26: News Roundup
Area Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.