NEWS - 2022

7 JANUARY

My paper with Nick Munn on "Corporate responsibility for the termination of digital friends" is now published online first in AI & Society. Link

 

NEWS - 2021

23 DECEMBER

My invited article for the Frontiers in Psychology research topic on Future Perspectives on Positive Psychology: A Research Agenda was published today. It's entitled: Don't Miss the Well-Being Train: A Radical Proposal for Revolution in Positive Psychology. See it here.

14 DECEMBER

I gave  a "Guest of Honour" address at the International Conference on “Water, Food and Nutrition Security for Health and Wellbeing”, held at the University of Delhi. My talk was on Nutritious Food and Water: The best goods for wellbeing?

31 OCTOBER

I presented a paper my brother, H. Joseph Turton, and I wrote that proposes a new technology to solve the moral-prudential dilemma facing artists considering using NFTs. The paper was presented at the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS, Conference held at Waterloo (Canada). See the paper here.

21 OCTOBER

I was invited to take part in a panel of presentations, chaired by Martine Durand, on "Policy uses of multidimensional metrics", which was part of the LACEA-LAMES annual meeting, held this year in Bogotá, Colombia. My talk was entitled Living Standards, Wellbeing, and Public Policy.

12 OCTOBER

Nick Munn and I presented at the Changing Values, Changing Technologies conference (held in Delft, The Netherlands) on how we should revisit how to define friendship because of the possibility of digital friends. Our talk was entitled Friendship will never be the same again.

30 SEPTEMBER

Mick Munn and I presented Love and sex with droids: "How would that work?" "It works." to the Philosophy Programme Seminar Series at the University of Waikato.

28 SEPTEMBER

Nick Munn and I presented Human-AI friendship: Rejecting the ‘appropriate sentimentality’ criterion at PT-AI 2021 - 4th Conference on “Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence”, held in Gothenburg, Sweden. See the presentation PPT here.

27 SEPTEMBER

Today Suzy Fourie (from the UW Wellbeing Hub) and I ran a wellbeing workshop for IT staff at the University of Waikato.

13 SEPTEMBER

The article in Vice that quotes me about the paradox of hedonism is now available. See it here.

27 AUGUST

Lorenzo Buscicchi, the first PhD student I have been the chief supervisor of, flew through his PhD oral exam today with the top result: no changes required. Congratulations Lorenzo!

24 AUGUST

Convened a PhD oral exam for Michele Melchior.

15 JULY

I was awarded NZ$8200 for an interdisciplinary grant project with Oleg Medvedev. The funding is from the ALPSS Interdisciplinary Collaboration Research Grant from the University of Waikato.

9 JULY

The 3rd Annual Philosophy Programme Mini-Conference on Tertiary Teaching and Learning, which I organise, was held today. The topic was 'The value and process of making our Programme, teaching, and course design more Māori-friendly'. Many thanks to our special guest, Tom Ryan.

7 JULY

Lorenzo Buscicchi and I presented 'What is pleasure? From feeling to attitude and back' at the 2021 Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference.

6 JULY

Today I very much enjoyed giving two talks to three classes of advanced students at St peter's College in Auckland. I presented on "Does my morality apply to you?" and "Philosophy and AI-proof thinking skills".

2 JULY

Today I was interviewed by Shayla Love from VICE Magazine for an article on the paradox of hedonism and the post-COVID-lockdown desire for lots of fun. VICE Magazine has a physical distribution of 1million and a greater reach online.

30 JUNE

Nick Munn and I presented our paper arguing that we can be friends with AI at the Society for Philosophy and Technology Conference: SPT 2021 - Technological Imaginaries

23 JUNE

Seventh funny article published at Daily Philosophy today: Happy Endings: Does size or shape matter most? See it here.

16 JUNE

6th funny article published at Daily Philosophy today: Selling Happiness, One Chump at a Time. See it here.

9 JUNE

Fifth funny article published at Daily Philosophy today: The Utility Monster is... other people! See it here.

2 JUNE

Fourth funny article published at Daily Philosophy today: Enlightened Self-interest: Friends with Benefits. See it here.

28 MAY

I presented 'Good excuses for killing people (and other things philosophy can do for you)' with Nick Munn to prospective students at the Tauranga campus of the University of Waikato

27 MAY

Nick Munn and I presented 'Technology as cause of and solution to the empathy problem' at the Sherry Turkle Miracle, a workshop organised by the Committee for Communication and Media Theory, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. You can read the papers here.

26 MAY

The third funny article, 'Psychological hedonism: You know you want it', was published at Daily Philosophy today. Read it here.

21 MAY

I presented 'Good excuses for killing people (and other things philosophy can do for you)' with Nick Munn to prospective students at the Hamilton campus of the University of Waikato

19 MAY

The second (see below) short funny article is out. See 'Simulating pleasure' here.

12 MAY

My first of seven short articles on happiness and hedonism with Lorenzo Buscicchi and Nick Munn is now available on the Daily Philosophy blog. We tried our best to make the short articles funny. See whether we achieved it here.

30 APRIL

My chapter "Wellbeing and the four qualities of life" is now available with the publishing of The Pope of Happiness: A Festschrift for Ruut Veenhoven, edited by A.C. Michalos and published by Springer. See it here.

9 APRIL

I accepted an invitation from the National Science Center of Poland to review a major grant application on relationships.

8 APRIL

My paper with Nick Munn, "Technology as cause of and solution to the empathy problem", was accepted for a workshop on The Oeuvre of Sherry Turkle, organised by the Committee for Communication and Media Theory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The workshop is on May 27, 2021. The paper will be published shortly after the workshop.

31 MARCH

I presented Philosophy of wellbeing (and how it applies to student life) today. It was part of Wellbeing Week at Waikato University.

31 MARCH

My paper with Mohsen Joshanloo and Michael Bond was accepted by Personality and Individual Differences. It's titled: Cultural Religiosity Moderates the Relationship Between Perceived Societal Injustice and Satisfaction with One’s Life.

25 MARCH

I was invited to review a book proposal for Palgrave Macmillan on wellbeing.

25 MARCH

My paper with Nick Munn was accepted for the ICT, society, and human beings 2021 conference, which is part of the Multi conference on computer science and information systems 2021. It will appear in the published proceedings. It's titled: Good friendships improve our lives. But can virtual friendships be good?

31 JANUARY

I wrote an editorial with Aaron Jarden celebrating the first ten years of the International Journal of Wellbeing. See it here.