Tagged: ethics

The Journalist and the Murderer - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 17, 2018

‘Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.’ This is the opening line of Janet Malcolm’s sharp, analytical book The Journalist and the Murderer. Published in 1983, the book still challenges journalists these days. Malcolm is a cunning, insightful journalist. Read More

Is synthetic meat ethical? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 30, 2017

I am deeply ashamed of it now – but at the time it seemed like an experience I couldn’t afford to miss. It was so exotic – and I was travelling. Twenty years ago I ate at a restaurant in Johannesburg, the Republic of South Africa,  which specialised in meat dishes – from game animals. It was a real feast. Stews of … Read More

At last! The world’s first ethical guidelines for driverless cars - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 04, 2017

By David Tuffley, Griffith University Humans before animals and property. No discrimination as to who should survive. Safeguards against malicious hacking. These are just some of the world-first ethical rules being implemented in Germany regarding how autonomous vehicles are to be programmed. The federal transport minister Alexander Dobrindt presented a report on automated driving to Germany’s cabinet … Read More

How to make robots that we can trust - Guest Work

Guest Work Aug 30, 2017

By Prof Michael Winikoff, University of Otago Self-driving cars, personal assistants, cleaning robots, smart homes – these are just some examples of autonomous systems. With many such systems already in use or under development, a key question concerns trust. My central argument is that having trustworthy, well-working systems is not enough. To enable trust, the design of autonomous systems … Read More

The future of artificial intelligence: two experts disagree - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 18, 2017

Peter Stratton, The University of Queensland and Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to revolutionise our lives, drive our cars, diagnose our health problems, and lead us into a new future where thinking machines do things that we’re yet to imagine. Or does it? Not everyone agrees. Even billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, … Read More

Cyborg bugs - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Feb 10, 2017

Here’s a sci-fi scenario that may become reality: genetically modified cyborgs susceptible to mind control. That’s the plan for a collaboration between engineering R&D firm Draper and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  They are focusing on dragonflies, and using optogenetics so that their movements can be controlled by light. The techniques and technologies are there, … Read More

Is someone reanimated from cryogenic freezing legally dead or alive? And other problems - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 02, 2016

By Heather Conway, Queen’s University Belfast The idea that your dying or recently deceased body could be frozen in the hope that some future technology could revive you is no longer science fiction. It is now something people will pay handsomely for – as the recent court ruling that allowed a 14-year-old British girl with terminal cancer to … Read More

Is it OK for medical students to practise on themselves? - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 25, 2016

By Eleanor Milligan, Griffith University and Liz Fitzmaurice, Griffith University Medical students are practising invasive clinical procedures on themselves and fellow students at home as well as at medical school, a recent New Zealand study has confirmed. These procedures commonly include inserting a cannula, taking blood, and giving injections. Less commonly, students are suturing, … Read More

Fluoridation – freedom of choice - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 02, 2016

This sort of image springs to mind when I see claims of forced fluoridation. Aren’t activists like “Forced Fluoridation Freedom Fighters” misrepresenting the real situation? I think the “freedom of choice” argument is the most reasonable argument that anti-fluoride campaigners can use. Unfortunately for them, they usually only resort to it after their “science-based” arguments have been exposed as misleading … Read More

Ethics and the doping scandal – a response - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 07, 2016

International Olympic Committee (IOC) decisions about participation of athletes from the Russian Federation in the Rio Olympics have brought both criticism and support – from the political as well as the sporting communities. The issues of sports doping, the responsibilities and actions of sporting bodies and the political context and factors all need discussing. So I am pleased to see … Read More