Tag Archives: Ethics

Should I still go on holiday if I have COVID?

CandyRetriever/Shutterstock Simon Kolstoe, University of Portsmouth Your flights are booked, your bags are packed, and in your mind you’re already sunning yourself by the beach with a cocktail. With summer in full swing in the northern hemisphere, and most COVID-related restrictions behind us, travel is back on the agenda for many people. But at the same time, COVID cases in …

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How to be a god: we might one day create virtual worlds with characters as intelligent as ourselves

Virtual character may soon be smarter than us. Michelangelus/Shutterstock Richard A. Bartle, University of Essex Most research into the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) concerns its use for weaponry, transport or profiling. Although the dangers presented by an autonomous, racist tank cannot be understated, there is another aspect to all this. What about our responsibilities to the AIs we create? …

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20 years of ‘forever’ wars have left a toll on US veterans returning to the question: ‘Did you kill?’

Every soldier has a different story. Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images Marian Eide, Texas A&M University Military service members returning from America’s “forever” wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have often faced deeply personal questions about their experience. As one veteran explained to me: “I’ve been asked, ‘Have you ever killed anyone in war? Are you messed up at all?’” “I …

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Pescatarians are right – why I say eating fish is more ethical than eating meat

Andreea Tudor/Shutterstock Martin Cohen, University of Hertfordshire Forget veggie burgers, fake bacon and cheese made from oats. For vegans at least, plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products have long since gone mainstream. Alt-fish – food made from plants that mimics the taste and texture of fish, or real fish tissue grown from stem cells – is the next big …

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Quelles règles éthiques pour organiser la vaccination contre le SARS-CoV-2 en Ehpad ?

Emmanuel Hirsch, Université Paris-Saclay Depuis deux semaines, la stratégie vaccinale envisagée pour contrer la diffusion du SARS-CoV-2 mobilise l’espace public. Cette impatience, entretenue par les services de presse des firmes pharmaceutiques, est fondée sur l’évocation de données intermédiaires. Celles-ci doivent être soumises à une validation scientifique académique, laquelle est en cours. La teneur des premières conclusions proposées le 18 novembre 2020 par une …

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Setting aside half the Earth for ‘rewilding’: the ethical dimension

Wildlife corridors: four proposals to ‘rewild’ portions of North America. Smithsonian Institute, CC BY-NC William S. Lynn, Clark University A much-anticipated book in conservation and natural science circles is EO Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, which is due early next year. It builds on his proposal to set aside half the Earth for the preservation of biodiversity. The …

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We must make moral choices about how we relate to social media apps

The Social Dilemma/Netflix Dion Forster, Stellenbosch University Recently a South African radio show asked, “If you had to choose between your mobile phone and your pet, which would choose?” Think about that for a moment. Many callers responded they would choose their phone. I was shocked… But to be honest, I give more attention to my phone than to my …

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