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Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering:  A Global Resource

Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource


This month sees the launch of a second edition book, for which I have written an article on Sports. Here's an excerpt from my chapteR:

"This debate parallels broader transformations to the world of health care and medicine that are reshaping the human condition. As societies become better equipped to deal with age-related illnesses, the lines between therapy and enhancement blur, and the feasibility of keeping athletes free from doping becomes harder. In short, we all may be doped in the future, in order to ensure longer, healthier lives. One solution for sport may be a separation of “enhanced” and “unenhanced” athletes into distinct competitions, but the result may be that audiences lose interest in unenhanced athletes because enhanced superhuman athletes will deliver the most extraordinary spectacles. Alternatively, as prosthetic technologies improve, the category of doping changes. The inclusion of Oscar Pistorius within the London 2012 Olympic Games program—not just the Paralympic Games—spoke to this wider shift in how we understand the terms abled and disabled, as prosthetic and bionic limbs become better than their biological counterparts."

The full reference for the text is:

Holbrook, J. Britt, and Carl Mitcham, eds. Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource, 2nd edition. 4 vols.Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2015.

Are the Olympic Games Good for humanity?

Are the Olympic Games Good for humanity?


Just before the London 2012 Games began, I gave a talk for South Place Ethical Society, whose Wikipedia entry says it is 'the oldest surviving freethought organisation in the world, and is the only remaining Ethical society in the United Kingdom'. Now the Games are over, people will most likely have a wider perspective on this question. One person in my talk thought I was terribly negative about the Games, which is kind of ironic. Nevertheless, I wanted to champion their capacity to create tensions as a reason for judging them positively. Their worth is born out of their being inherently contested processes and this value goes far beyond the feelings of national pride attached to medal wins.

The Ethics of Sports

The Ethics of Sports


Unknown to me, I have a chapter in this Reader published by Routledge. My chapter focuses on the doping debate, arguing that concerns about health risk still dominate the ethical debate.

New Statesman

This week, NS ran a mini Q&A about an event where I'm speaking ni Leeds next week. We'll be debating the future of sport, as part of a satellite event in the Battle of Ideas this year. I'll also be speaking in London at the Battle on 29 and 30 October. Join us if you can!

Business Ethics

A re-print from one of my Guardian articles is published in this new volume by Paul Griseri and Nina Seppala. Here's a link to the original version to whet your appetite. Here's a link to the book.

Ethical Design

This is the title of a talk I'll give for: ‘Pervasive or Invasive?’ hosted by the UWE Digital Cultures Research Centre at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol on Friday, March 5th 2010.

The day is designed to bring cutting edge research to the Pervasive Media design community under the auspices of an AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship project.

Pervasive Media may afford an intensification of surveillance, data mining, and loss of privacy, and this is certainly the perception amongst many potential designers and users. 'Pervasive or Invasive?' is designed as a day of presentations and discussions with people from different disciplines, to generate shared understandings of the issues, and then start to define what Ethical Design in Pervasive Media might be. The day will have workshop discussion opportunities - working with developers and designers to generate the beginnings of a set of ethical design principles for Pervasive Media applications.

  • What data is being collected/collated and commercially exploited by the applications we use?
  • When does anonymity matter?
  • Is it possible to design an application so that people are able to choose which information they share?
  • What levels of user consent are needed?
  • Which design decisions can be left to the end user?

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