Investment in AI research is growing in Canada, but there’s little thought about ethics, privacy and governance issues.
Canada has a clear choice. Either it embraces the potential of being a leader in responsible AI, or it risks legitimating a race to the bottom where ethics, inequity and justice are absent.
‘Biomusic’ technology collects autonomic nervous system signals, such as heart rate, through a wearable sensor and maps them to sound.
Imagine a collaboratively-designed smartphone app that could provide cues to an autistic individual -- about the emotional state of people they are communicating with.
This vote should be about the morality of letting women suffer.
Researchers funded by VW, Daimler and BMW are accused of testing diesel fumes on monkeys and humans.
An Afghanistan national police officer helps a U.S. Army lieutenant, June 14, 2007. Can honour be restored in today’s international conflicts?
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Nothing displays the ethical superiority of one’s values better than to treat a foe with the respect due another human being.
Pause and reflect on what really makes wilderness valuable.
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Imagine being one of the last few people alive. Would that make it ok to destroy the natural world? This thought experiment reveals the true value of nature, beyond the benefits to humans.
From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training in the arts and ethics.
Universities must train scientists to engage with the ethics of emerging technologies, rather than functioning as cogs in the engine of economic development. Integrating the arts into STEM can help.
Institutional betrayal can lead to real psychological and physical harm.
In sexual harassment cases, schools and workplaces often harm those that they claim to protect. These tips can help them avoid those painful mistakes.
Images are so useful in medical diagnosis - but there are legal and ethical concerns about how they’re used.
Has your doctor ever taken a photo of your medical condition? It's really useful to aid diagnosis, but we still don't have the right legislation to ensure legal and ethical protections.
Data ethics should pay much more attention to the social value of research
We give over control of our lives every day and trust other humans to make ethical decisions. But soon robots will make these decisions for us. Will they be ethical or is it just a numbers game?
Ella Fitzgerald performing in Switzerland in 1967.
Using cutting edge technology to construct ham-fisted duets with dead singers to boost sales is sad way to listen to great artists.
A suit of highly paid professional services seem to have failed investors in the unfolding Steinhoff corporate scandal.
The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children.
The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children's development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
A team of technologists have joined forces with doctors, lawyers, economists and philosophers to make technology ethical.
A report released today by the world’s largest technical professional organisation is designed to help humanity avoid a robot apocalypse.
Homeless people in India wait to receive a free meal in Kolkata in 2011.
When high income researchers take their unethical methods abroad it's the poor who suffer.
Simple living in a complex time – is a return to frugality the key to happiness?
William Isdale speaks with Emrys Westacott about how living simply can bring happiness in an increasingly complex world.
Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chance The Rapper, is donating millions of dollars through his SocialWorks charity to shore up Chicago’s public schools.
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Before you reach for that checkbook or give to a charity online, pause to think about what makes a cause good in the first place.
A Reconciliation Pole is raised at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., in April 2017. The 17-metre red cedar pole tells the story of the time before, during and after the Indian residential school system. Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the pole by survivors, affected families, school children and others.
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Calls to "indigenize" universities must start with listening - to Indigenous scholars and nations. And real reparation will be painful for settlers, for it will be unsettling.
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) attempts to teach ethics to Eleanor (Kristen Bell) in comedy series The Good Place.
The Good Place is a high concept comedy about what it takes to be a good person. One of the show's charms is the way it draws on real philosophers and philosophical dilemmas.