space ethics

Ep. 36: Getting a Second Chance: Space Ethics, Mining, and Colonization – with guest Dr. Tony Milligan

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Living among the stars has long been a dream of humanity.  But as we begin to step off this Earth and colonize other planets, many will argue: do we deserve a second chance? With climate change, over-exploitation of natural resources, and man-made ecological problems on this planet, we should stop and wonder – what can […]

Privacy Concerns

Ep. 32: Humanitarian and Privacy Concerns with AI – with guest Dr. Rumman Chowdhury

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You may not realize it, but big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence affect your life on a daily basis. Companies can gain information about you through such things as your internet usage patterns, the location data from your cell phone, and the photos you upload to the internet. You may think you understand what […]

ethics of Augmented Reality

Ep. 26: The Ethics of Augmented Reality and Our Future – with guest Liv Erickson

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Augmented Reality has many exciting applications.  You can play games such as Pokémon Go, use AR to rearrange the furniture in your living room, or even get a glimpse of how you would look in a new hairstyle.  But when considering these possibilities, it is also important to consider privacy issues and the ethics of Augmented Reality.  How will companies […]

sustainability

Ep. 25: Sustainability – The Bigger Picture – with guest Dr. Oliver Putz

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When you think of protecting our planet, what comes to mind?  Making a better world for your children?  Cleaning up your neighborhood?  Often, we think of that which we see around us – our communities, our lives, and our loved ones.  There is nothing wrong with that response.  But perhaps, when looking at sustainability, we […]

CRISPR

Ep. 23: CRISPR – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility – with guest Dr. Leila Jamal

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The power to edit genes is now within our hands.  You may have heard of it.  It’s a technology called CRISPR-Cas9.  It’s taking the science world by storm, due to its ease of deployment and low cost. Now, scientists can edit the genes of plants, animals, and even humans. The idea behind CRISPR originated from […]

Ep. 16: The Robotic Moral Code – Programming Ethics into Machines with guest Dr. Don Howard

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A robotic moral code may seem like an odd thing to talk about. But there are now instances when robots, machines, and artificial intelligence will need an ethical framework. From self-driving cars to autonomous weapons systems to robots in healthcare, machines will be called upon to make ethical decisions. Even Google Maps displays a certain […]

Ep. 14: Climate Change, Religion, and Ethics – A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspective

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Climate change is often viewed as a political problem. But in reality, it is a scientific issue, and perhaps equally as important, it is a moral and spiritual issue. How are religious communities responding?  Today we are talking to three people involved in various religious environmental organizations, each representing a different faith community – Soltan Bryce […]