How can we make driverless cars ethical?
A new study provides fascinating data on how people prioritise who to save in hypothetical driverless car crashes. But it takes more than just numbers to really create ethical machines.
Eugenics was previously the realm of social biology.
If those who survive are the fittest, does that also make them the best? And if so, is engineering 'better' babies just evolution, or another step in a long history of eugenics?
You have to draw an ethical line somewhere so if you were vegan, would you still eat avocados?
Some careful reasoning shows that comparing abortion with contract murder equates two acts that are far from obviously morally equivalent.
The view that sex-selective abortion is unethical is widely shared. But those who propose to use the law to prevent it need to supply a clear, compelling moral justification.
Most people never have the chance to see how animals live in laboratories.
Since 2012, more than 120 of Britain’s universities, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies have signed a public pledge committing them to greater openness in their animal research programs.
Telomeres, a part of DNA that hold the key to biological aging.
Several companies are trying to develop life extension methods that could enable some people to live far longer. There are some ethical dilemmas.
Bajau tribe village.
Researchers who fly in and out of a developing country only for research samples, with little involvement of local scientists, are practising helicopter research.
When the workforce recolts.
Technology companies have immense power over our lives. But why are so many of their employees and others concerned about the ethics of their behaviour?
Large-scale data collection and analysis can target consumer behaviour. Faced with the risk of drifts, transparency and ethics of algorithms become paramount.
What does this code do – and what does it mean?
Technological professionals are the first, and last, lines of defense against the misuse of technology.
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You can be a better tourist this summer. Here's how.
Anti-opioid protest at the Harvard Art Museums, which the Sackler family has supported with charitable gifts.
After scandals or sea changes make the association with certain names too awkward, universities, museums and other nonprofits usually distance themselves. But not always.
Did Maine Gov. Paul LePage stay at a Trump hotel to ingratiate himself with the president?
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The court carefully considered what the word 'emoluments' meant at the time the Constitution was drafted.
A philosopher's take on the ethics of products that allow parents to lighten the skin colour of their unborn baby.
Some philosophers believe that a very long life could easily become boring.
We’re great at rationalising our own actions, whether it’s profiteering or eating meat.
Under the right circumstances, most people will act in ways that are opposed to their own morals.
Why do people constantly ‘move the goalposts’ when making judgments?
It's a psychological quirk that when something becomes rarer, people may spot it in more places than ever. What is the 'concept creep' that lets context change how we categorize the world around us?
It is just as much for our own sake, as for the sake of robots, that we should begin recognising the rights of intelligent machines.
Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama met French president Emmanuel Macron on May 22, 2018. He was officially given French citizenship soon after.
What is a hero? If President Macron really likes heroes, shouldn’t he revise his idea of what he calls “economic migrants”?