Please see below selected recent ethics-related change.
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- A writer for Aeon argued that if the only morally relevant factor is ‘can they suffer?’, then there is no relevant moral difference when animals rather than human suffer pain that we can alleviate.
- Discussing the ethics of computer science, a leading researcher argued “the computer-science community should change its peer-review process to ensure that researchers disclose any possible negative societal consequences of their work in papers.
- Meanwhile, Ethical OS is a toolkit containing questions and possible scenarios "technologists should be aware of before launching their product into the wild".
- The Ethics of Neuroscience examined the fundamental questions being raised by our growing understanding of the human brain. New technologies are allowing us control over the human brain like never before. As we push the possibilities should we ask how far is too far? For example, neurosurgeons can now provide treatments for things that were previously untreatable, such as Parkinson’s and clinical depression, but while many are cured, others develop side effects such as erratic behaviour and changes in their personality.
On many innovation agendas, conference schedules and pundit’s minds these days is the notion of techno-ethics. For example, the tech world’s angst was explored in Vanity Fair. Those working to automate the future have the keenest sense of what could go wrong – and don’t know what to do about it. Meanwhile, the Omidyar Network published its framework on ethical AI with the Institute of the Future.
Countries and companies are beginning to attend to the ethics of artificial intelligence technology use. However, such efforts need to be collectively determined to result in solid frameworks, cautioned Computer Weekly.
- A Quartz writer argued that feeling compassion and respect for the creatures around us doesn’t necessarily preclude eating meat. Whether we’re vegans or devout carnivores, our actions will sometimes have ramifications that cause harm to other living things. What’s important, the writer believes, is interrogating our individual ethics and responsibilities.
A paper in Marketing Theory debunked the “ethical consumption gap”, arguing that it’s not our personal choices, but the bigger capitalist system that needs fixing.
While think tanks, activists, and academics are adapting their approaches to increase the chances that future technical innovation will be ethical and aligned with social benefit, most of the organisations doing the inventing are not. There is investment in compliance, policy, and research, but little to adapt methods to operationalise ethics in these incredibly fast-moving times, warned Medium, asking how can organisations working at the bleeding edge of technology design for and invest in process that informs governance and operationalises ethics?
- Despite regulators and law enforcement agencies around the world imposing more than US$11 billion of financial penalties since 2012, there remains a significant level of unethical conduct. EY’s latest survey shows fraud and corruption are among the greatest risks to business.
- AI ethics: We can train AI to identify good and evil, and then use it to teach us morality - Quartz
- How should organisations communicate in the age of distrust? - thewonk.eu
- The ethics of ceding more power to machines - RSA
- When we're squeezed, do ethical decisions flow out? - The FCPA Blog
- In our race to rival robots, we're forgetting how to be human — Quartz
- Should we stop keeping pets? Why more and more ethicists say yes | Life and style | The Guardian
- The ethical investment boom - FT
- The Price of Poor Ethics – Handelsblatt Global
- (1) How To Be A Savvy Volunteer - LinkedIn
- Are CEOs Less Ethical Than in the Past? - s+b
- The Ethical Minefields of Technology - Scientific American Blog Network
- Would you pay for an ethical search engine?
- Activist investors are making corporate boards whiter and more male — Quartz at Work
- Behavioral Science One Sheets - Ethical Systems
- Ethics trumps short-term returns, but hypocrites will be discovered | afr.com
- In our focus on the digital, have we lost our sense of what being human means? | Genevieve Bell | Opinion | The Guardian
- Number of European ‘tech for good’ projects doubles in two years
- On Ethical Blindspots and Their Consequences [Podcast] - The Compliance and Ethics Blog
- Reputation has become an ethical issue, not a legal one - FCPA
- Responsible Business 2017 - Raconteur
- The Ethics of pay in a fair society - PwC
- 5 Signs Your Organization Might Be Headed for an Ethics Scandal
- Good Companies Can Change the World. Here’s Proof. – NewCo Shift
- How evolutionary biology makes everyone an existentialist | Aeon Essays
- Paul Knoepfler: The ethical dilemma of designer babies | TED Talk | TED.com
- Reaffirming Social Values in Uncertain Times - European Commission
- The business of a better world - CNBC
- The Evolution of AI: Can Morality be Programmed?
- Begpackers: The trend of Westerners traveling without money — Quartzy
- Employees at socially-conscious companies are more likely to lie — Quartz at Work
- Ethical banks outperform their non-ethical counterparts so why aren't there more of them? - Smarter Communities Media
- Is your purpose lectured, or lived? - EY
- The Case for Responsible Innovation - Shelly Palmer
- The ethical oversight of AI used to drive cars, diagnose patients and even sentence criminals - Telegraph
- Ethisphere Institute Announces 135 Companies Honored as World’s Most Ethical Companies – Ethisphere® Institute | Good. Smart. Business. Profit.®
- “How do you ethically steer the thoughts and actions of two billion people’s minds every day? - Tristan Harris
- 5 core principles to keep AI ethical | World Economic Forum
- A Hippocratic Oath for artificial intelligence practitioners | TechCrunch
- A Little Empathy Makes Good Leaders Great
- Empathy (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)
- Five new human rights for the Digital Age (excerpt from Gerd Leonhard’s book Technology vs Humanity) – Futurist Gerd Leonhard
- Happiness (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)
- Life hacks are part of a 200-year-old movement to destroy your humanity — Quartz at Work
- Maintaining Ethical Culture at Global Ethics Summit 2018 | Ethical Systems
- Resilience (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)
- Searching for meaning in life? The Japanese concept of ikigai can help you find it | Big Think
- Why "Guilt" Has No Place in the Zero Waste Lifestyle | | Treading My Own Path | Zero Waste + Plastic-Free Living
- Ethical Culture Measurement - Ethical Systems
- Here's why your attitude is more important than your intelligence | World Economic Forum
- You're Addicted to Your Smartphone. This Company Thinks It Can Change That - Time
- A Scottish Clinic Will Now Treat "Cryptocurrency Addiction"
- A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal” - MIT Technology Review
- Ask an Ethics Expert | Ethical Systems
- Code of Business Ethics | Accenture
- Decisions Are Emotional, Not Logical: The Neuroscience behind Decision Making | Big Think
- How to Develop a Mind That Clings to Nothing : zen habits
- IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs • The Register
- Key findings on talent: 21st CEO Survey: PwC
- On average pressure to compromise ethical standards is felt by 1 in 5 employees worldwide - LinkedIn
- Why introverts might actually be better at them - Quartz at Work
- Working Ethically At Speed – Alix – Medium
- In Values Management and Value Creation in Business, the Bertelsmann Foundation asked how important it is to actually live a company's values and argued that values provide internal and external orientation and legitimise decisions and actions.