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To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism | 04/16/13
Very soon, "smart" technologies and "big data" will allow us to make sophisticated interventions in everyday life. Technology will create incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will this affect society, once political and moral dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial and easily manageable matters of technological efficiency?
Why Dictators Don't Like Jokes | 04/09/13
Srdja Popovic, Mladen Joksic
Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism.
Global Ethics Corner: Who Benefits Most From Wearable Computers? | 03/25/13
Apple and Google will, reportedly, both soon be selling computers that you can wear. But will the trove of details that these devices will be able to collect be an invasion of privacy? Do advertisers stand to gain more from this technology than consumers?
The Measure of Civilization: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations | 03/21/13
Ian Morris demonstrates that social development can be measured across thousands of years. Based on past trends, what can we expect in the future? For one thing, the pace of change has accelerated. Morris predicts that the 21st century is going to be a "race between shifts in the balance of power, a transformation of humanity, and catastrophe."
Thought Leader: Tariq Ramadan | 03/12/13
Tariq Ramadan, Devin T. Stewart
"Every tradition, every religion, every culture or civilization might have a specific path and we join and we meet at the summit. Global ethics is what we get at the summit, but we have to accept that there are different routes and we are all coming from a specific route and we will find ourselves sharing so many values with others."
Thought Leader: Tomas Sedlacek | 03/08/13
Tomas Sedlacek, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"To use the New Testament sort of logic, who is my neighbor? Today that extends not only to your family or your literal neighbors. We know much more about the situations of poor people in China or India or Africa, and so the scope of ethical responsibility today has grown to some global measures."
Ethics Matter: A Conversation on Bioethics with NASA's Paul Root Wolpe | 03/08/13
Paul Root Wolpe, Marlene Spoerri
In this eye-opening conversation, renowned bioethicist Dr. Wolpe grapples with the ethical issues raised by advances in biotechnology and neuroscience, including "brain fingerprinting" and eventual mind-reading.
Thought Leader: Jessica Jackley | 03/05/13
Jessica Jackley, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"What many people can no longer claim is ignorance, especially those of us that do have easy access to technology. We know not only that these problems exist, but there are endless options, really great options, to do something to engage and to participate."
Thought Leader: Rachel Kleinfeld | 03/01/13
Rachel Kleinfeld, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"We're in an age where every person can have access to global information. If they have access to a cell phone, which most of the world now has access to, they can be a voice for awareness, for ethicality within their community and across the globe."
Thought Leader: E. O. Wilson | 02/28/13
E. O. Wilson, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"A global ethic, which is absolutely necessary to meet the destructive forces that our intellectual and technological powers have given us to meet and solve the big problems that are promoted by it, depends upon a much more thorough knowledge of what we are."
Thought Leader: Srdja Popovic | 02/25/13
Srdja Popovic, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"There are two kinds of countries in this world, the good ones and the bad ones. The good ones I count as the countries where the governments are afraid of their people. The bad ones I count as the countries where people are afraid of their governments."
Thought Leader: Ethan Zuckerman | 02/22/13
Ethan Zuckerman, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"I'd really like to see us get globalization right. For me, getting globalization right wouldn't mean that we have stuff from every corner of the world, but would mean that we have people and ideas and opportunities and solutions from every corner of the world."
Public Affairs: China's Search for Security | 02/19/13
Andrew J. Nathan
In this masterly and comprehensive talk, Andrew Nathan looks at the world from Beijing's viewpoint and sees a very challenging environment for China. He identifies four rings of security concerns: inside China's territory; its 24 surrounding countries; six regional systems; and the rest of the world.
Thought Leader: Thomas Pogge | 02/07/13
Thomas Pogge, Devin T. Stewart
"The tendencies are hostile to achieving perpetual peace. But these tendencies do not have to be accepted the way they are. Once we understand what they are, we may be able to overcome them."
Global Ethics Corner: Should Scholarly Research Be Free For All? | 01/22/13
Facing prosecution for illegally downloading millions of academic articles, Internet activist Aaron Swartz recently committed suicide. Should Swartz have been facing jail time? Should scholarly research be available for free?
Ethics Matter: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2013 with Ian Bremmer | 01/18/13
Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart
"There are three big things happening right now in the world: China rising, Middle East exploding, Europe muddling through. Those are the things that truly matter, in the sense that they have potentially very different kinds of trajectories and outcomes depending on where they go."
Thought Leader: Michael Doyle | 01/14/13
Michael W. Doyle, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"What has changed in the modern world is that we can now see our fellow members of the common human moral universe and we cannot be so blind. We can see the suffering. That's a big change that has taken place in the past couple of centuries."
Thought Leader: Gillian Tett | 01/14/13
Gillian Tett, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"On the most basic level, a global ethic should be a recognition that we simply cannot afford to ignore our neighbors, even if they don't appear to immediately have much connectivity to us."
Thought Leader: Rebecca MacKinnon | 01/14/13
Rebecca MacKinnon, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"Even dictatorships go to great lengths to create these fake elections to prove to the world that they have consent of the governed. It's sort of an organizing principle of the nation-state."
Thought Leader: Kishore Mahbubani | 01/14/13
Kishore Mahbubani, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"You've got to balance national interest against global interest. I think that's the direction in which global ethics is going to go."