Science and Technology

Programing ethics an AI

                Over the last few years there has been an increasingly intense debate of over the ethical viability of self-driving cars, which is a symptom of a larger debate on artificial intelligence and putting computer in positions of power. The progress that has been happening in the field of AI has come with a single key question: what will a machine do when it is put in a situation where it will have to choose between two or more human lives?

A Pluripotent Problem: The Ethics of Stem Cell Research

            In recent years, stem cell research has been a cause for debate among scientists, doctors, and philosophers about the implications of the fundamental methodology encompassing said research. Most stem cell research is performed by destroying a human embryo that is several days old, harvesting the cells from the blastocyst for testing and experiments (Stem Cell Basics III).

Forever a Child: the Ethical Dilemma of the Ashley Treatment in Severely Disabled Children

In October 2006, Daniel F. Gunther and Douglas S. Diekema published a medical case report of a “6-year-7-month-old white female” (Gunther 1014) patient named Ashley that outlined her physiological condition and the program used to treat her, now known as the Ashley Treatment. The case report diagnosed Ashley with “static encephalopathy” (Gunther 1014), characterized by her developmental delay and inability to speak, walk, crawl, or even sit up at the age of 6.

Humanity vs. Machinery: Automation in the Workplace

In the past years, technology has developed tremendously. Slowly but surely we incorporated it in our everyday lives. From transportation to communication and even video games, everything is related to it.  However, we often forget to look at all the ways it affects us. One big dilemma that arose during this era of technology is the incorporation of machines into the workplace. As technology progresses, more and more machines are used in factories. They greatly ease down the workers’ jobs, which can be helpful, but they also oftentimes replace what used to be jobs for workers.

Data Encryption: Safety v Privacy

Encryption is a way of protecting digital files by translating them into another form such that only those with the right key or password can access the data (Lord). It’s used in a wide range of applications; tech companies use encryption to protect their users data, banks and credit card companies use encryption to ensure the security and confidentiality of electronic payments and transactions, such as making purchases with a credit card or withdrawing money from an ATM. In recent years, data encryption has become a hot topic. In February 2016, a federal judge asked Apple Inc.

Are GMCs Beneficial to A Society? Tackling the Dilemma from a Utilitarian Perspective

Genetically modified crops (GMCs) have become widely used in agriculture over the last 10 years, constituting over 10% of the world’s harvest on arable land (ISAAA). By modifying the DNA of a plant through the introduction of a non-naturally occurring trait in the species, benefits such as higher crop yield and herbicide, pest, disease, and drought resistance can be found in the new product ("Genetically modified crops"). Despite scientific consensus affirming that GMCs do not pose a greater health risk than conventional food (Nicolia et al.

The Engineering of Perfect Humans

In the twenty first century, genetic engineering, also known as genetic modification or genetic manipulation, is becoming a great ethical dilemma in the field of sciences. It is a practice that involves modifying an organism's genetic material. It can also involve taking a gene from one living organism and inserting it into another organism’s genome. The ethical dilemma of practicing this on human lives is argued throughout different ethical frameworks, mostly involving the action itself and its outcomes.

Abortion, Abort Mission?

                  One of the biggest dilemmas that is facing current society is abortion. Many wonder whether if it is morally right to kill an unborn fetus as some view equally to killing a person. In general, the public’s response is either for it or against it with a small portion undecided (BBC News). The debate over the ethical viability of abortion has been complicated but from a utilitarianism ethical framework, the outcomes and the overall health of the birth mother is what matters.