My favorite thing I do with friends is a discussion group we’ve organized where we meet for good food, good wine and reasoned discussion of serious topics. We started it because we felt there are so few arenas these days for frank and open discussions face to face. It’s a bit of a cliché to complain about the constant connectivity and short attention spans brought by smartphones, but I really do feel like we have a higher threshold for really engaging in a lengthy discussion about something. While there seems to be an almost endless list of occasions for trite small talk and “elevator pitches” (shudder), there just seem to be so few opportunities for in depth discussions approached frankly, enthusiastically and completely without ironic distance, which is why I so value these evenings. I’m so grateful that I have friends who share my love of discussion and are equally happy to dive in to geeky explorations of the ethics of AI.