One person’s ethics is another person’s self-indulgence.
A moral philosopher considers whether you should vote out of fear.
Female dingo in Oxley Wild Rivers NP, New South Wales.
Dingoes are being used to kill feral goats in Queensland, but is this just another form of cruelty?
There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s paper, or…
One ethical consideration: How customizable should avatars be?
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A key element of enjoyment, it turns out, is the ability to fully experience a game. What ethical obligations do game designers have to ensure this?
Guns collected for the LA County annual Gun Melt.
People with different views on guns don't just see guns differently, they see the world differently.
Research shows people generally approve of cars programmed to sacrifice their passengers to save others, but aren’t so keen on riding in such vehicles themselves.
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Although they think it’s 'more moral,’ most people would not buy a driverless car programmed to make choices for the greater good.
When did revellers stop rebelling?
The grizzly, or brown, bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is posed to lose protections under the Endangered Species Act.
Jim Peaco, Yellowstone National Park
The grizzly bear of Yellowstone is expected to be delisted from the Endangered Species Act. But a survey of grizzly bear researchers finds flaws in how wildlife experts evaluate scientific data.
Does teaching ethics come with obligations?
A prominent ethicist was recently accused of manipulating younger women into sexual relationships. A philosopher argues that being an ethicist comes with obligations. Otherwise, what is ethics for?
What if robots turn against us?
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The threat from dangerous AI systems is vastly underappreciated and under-researched. If we don't study them, we can't fight them – or prevent them.
Stockbroker Oliver Curtis leaves at lunchtime with his wife Roxy Jacenko at the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney.
It doesn't matter how much Oliver Curtis and John Hartman stood to gain from insider trading, what matters is what we all lose from market tampering.
A makeshift shrine to Harambe, the zoo gorilla whose death has raised some uncomfortable moral questions.
We tend instinctively to value human lives over non-human ones. But is there a point where the scales might tip the other way?
It’s out of control and heading for five unsuspecting bystanders!
The trolley dilemma is a staple of philosophy because it probes our intuitions about whether it's permissible to kill one person to save many more.
An ethical robot – as science fiction.
We are approaching the time when robots in our daily lives will be making decisions about how to act. What guidelines should we give them?
Nao - a robot created for companionship.
Robots should be designed so that even vulnerable users know that they are machines. But how do we create something engaging that is so obviously artificial?
Who owns your thoughts? And other important questions raised by technology.
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New and imagined digital technologies have important ethical implications. We should devise relevant social norms through a high-profile, public, collaborative process.
We’re on the hunt for life – what do we do when we find it?
A philosopher argues that now is the time to figure it out, before we make the inevitable discovery of extraterrestrial life.
Time to cooperate.
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Dealing with fossil fuels means working out how to deal with shared resources. While economists might argue that we tend to selfishness, psychology offers another way.
Is this robot refusing a human order?
How can we humans avoid harmful results of robot obedience?
Tough decisions are made from distant control rooms.
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Should we allow innocents to be harmed for the greater good? Eye in the Sky puts a modern spin on a classic philosophical moral dilemma.