ethics

Can We Trust Autonomous Cars Yet?

To figure out if autonomous cars are safe, alternative testing methods are needed, RAND report finds....

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Possessions, Suffering, Charity: Why Nothing Ever Happens (Part Two)

Far from de-sensitizing us, repeated media imagery of suffering neatly cows us into lucrative obesiance...

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Smoke, Mirrors, and a Dishonest Lexicon.

Even the words we use are skewed to obfuscate truth and maintain elites. What we call 'terrorism' could also be termed 'effect'. Essay...

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What’s the Point of Men? The Twofold Cost of Sex

The existence of males is of enormous cost to a species, so why does nature tolerate them?...

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No Fracking Wonder. Earthquakes linked to Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking - not wastewater disposal - linked to most induced earthquakes in Western Canada ...

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(Why) Nothing Ever Happens, Nothing Happens at All

Possessions, Suffering, Charity. A trinity to stultify a population and assuage the morality of the comfortable pragmatists....

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Make Better Music 81: Monetizing Music

Doing it for the love will only last so long. What happens when you have to eat? How to make better music, and make money doing so....

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Caliban’s Rage at the Blank Touchscreen: On Becoming a 21st Century Savage

The acceleration of technology beyond the layman's ken makes us little more than blissfully ignorant slaves - should we not be noble savages instead? ...

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Genocide By a Thousand Tory Cuts. (Employment and Support Allowance Slashed)

Make no mistake about it: Persistent Tory cuts to disability benefits are a gradual, unglamorous, and barely reported-upon genocide. Essay...

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After the Revolution, Beyond the Randian Superhero.

Should we be grubbing for the favours of the benevolent altruist, or forging a fairer world for all? Essay on the false prophets of philanthropy...

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Your Band is Awesome Live, So Ban the YouTube Fan Footage

Well-meaning YouTubers could be wrecking your band's reputation. Maybe it's time to take control. Essay...

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Stimulating the Simulcra. Can Humans be Trusted With Artificial Intelligence?

Can such a flawed race create anything but accelerated evil? Examining free will, AI technology, and addictive stimulus....

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I Can’t Do that, Dave. Artificial Intelligence, Dada and the Ethics of Perception

Are humans worthy to create more powerful beings 'in our own image'? Essay....

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One of Us? Identity Politics and How Donald Trump Rides Them

Still trying to understand the appeal of Donald Trump? The slick shortcut of identity politics, explained....

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Sure we can, but SHOULD we? Digital Head and the Ethics of Intelligence

Examining the unpredictable and disruptive possibilities contained within new technologies...

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Smug-Shaming, or Why We Love to Hate Hippies

When you don't seek out ethical products, you denigrate those who do...

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Burn the Heretic! Hold the Phone! Religious People are Less Altruistic

Religious upbringing associated with less altruism, study finds ...

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Move Both Directions at Once: Traversing the Greed-Deranged Earth of Neoliberal Capitalism

Our trajectory must be halted; it is crucial that we become waylaid by the pull of a force larger than ourselves...

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Grovel and Go. Why Volkswagen Hope You’ll Forgive and Forget

Study: Companies like Volkswagen often apologize, silence stakeholders, forget the scandal ...

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Forgiving Jeremy Clarkson: Forgiving Ourselves. [Top Gear]

The culture wars have become so divisive, even the organisation that tolerated Jimmy Savile is obliged now to take sides....

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Shifty Eyes. Influencing Moral Decisions By Tracking the Gaze

Moral decisions can be influenced by tracking moment to moment movements of the eyes during deliberation...

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Nuanced Chuckles with Charlie Hebdo : Free Speech and the Freedom to Complain

You can make your case and express your view, but riling up the worst elements and trolling isn’t free speech; it’s just being an antisocial jerk....

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The Power of Guilt

Highly guilt-prone people are less likely to free-ride on others' expertise, and they will sacrifice financial gain out of concern about others' welfare...

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Walking With Plants

Is a Native American Church peyote ceremony less shamanistic than a Neo-Pagan sweat-lodge simply by virtue of its using a teacher plant? ...

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Time for the Twitter Bubble to Burst

If your Twitter row is resulting in someone being fired, imprisoned or put at risk, it is time to get some perspective on your internet use...

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Twitter Storms

It’s dangerous, people are not who they seem on the internet. Inside those twitter storms (I’ve had a few) there are usually one or two who hang around for a week or so, its easy to pick up...

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