Group 3 In October 2017, a former NASA scientist, Josiah Zayner shocked the world when he tried to edit his genes using his own do-it-yourself genetic modification kit named, CRISPR. He claimed the injection would modify his muscle genes to give him bigger muscles. In November 2018, Jiankui He, a Chinese scientist, created a pair … Continue reading CRISPR : The Good & The Ugly
Group 6 The fifth generation of wireless technology is a controversial invention. The adoption of the new 5G technology promises a transformation in communication networks with a burst in speed and transmission capacity. 5G networks use a system of small cells that are divided into sectors to send encoded data through extensive radio waves. Although … Continue reading Should we implement 5G Technology?
Group 2 Natural resources are inefficient, environmentally unfriendly and will be exhausted in near future. It will keep its advantages in such a way for the next 25 years. However, natural resources are still the number one resource in the world. It is cheap and relatively easy to access. The article will discuss whether we … Continue reading Renewable energy, yes or not?
Group 1 Deepfake is generative media whereby machine learning and AI is utilised to manipulate or create visual or audio content. It’s most commonly used to superimpose someone else’s image and video to that of another person’s will. This article discusses the ethics of deepfake implementation. Techpanionship Deepfakes facilitate the creation of virtual companions that … Continue reading Deepfake: The Age of Disinformation
Group 62 Space the un-minable frontier? Humanity has gone through a series of industrial revolutions; this has affected lives for better and worse. Mining, whilst essential, strips resources and destroys vast ecosystems across the planet. Earth has a finite amount of resource, eventually we will have to look further afield to satisfy our technological needs. … Continue reading Deep Space Mine
Group 24 Discussing the ethical implications of Mars colonisation Introduction: the pre-launch countdown Colonisation of Mars has been an ambition of humanity for generations, however, its ethical implications are extensive: on the one hand, humans are living on an Earth with ever-decreasing resources, on the other, the planet has no life, no oxygen, no air … Continue reading Shut up and get on the rocket!
Group 25 Emissions Trading System (ETS), an adaptation of the Kyoto Treaty in 2005, is commonly known as ‘Carbon Trading’. It is the trade of emissions under the cap-and-trade scheme devised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). It aims at holding industries accountable for their contributions towards climate change without affecting their business operations. How? … Continue reading Carbon Trading: Progress or Pretence?
Group 83 In this article we will be discussing the ethics behind pharmaceutical companies and the pricing of their products. The NHS and Vertex pharmaceuticals are currently in a stalemate in their negotiations, regarding the pricing of a cystic fibrosis treatment, Orkambi. This drug has the ability to slow the decline of lung functionality and … Continue reading Is it ethical for pharmaceutical companies to charge what they want for their products?
Group 65 Autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars has shown various advantage comparing with traditional vehicles, especially in automated trucks industries. Tremendous investment and research have been done by automobile manufactures and AI companies. This article is considering an ethical thought experiment, which developed from the “trolley problem”. Imagine you are driving/sitting in an autonomous vehicle … Continue reading The trolley problem in self-driving vehicles
Group 28 In November 2018, Chinese scientist Jiankui He claimed that he has firstly created a pair of genetically edited embryos using a tool called CRISPR Cas9 to eliminate a gene called CCR5. This trial enrolled 7 couples of embryos, both of whom were HIV-positive fathers and HIV-negative mothers. Finally, one group of successful pregnancy … Continue reading Should Gene-edited Baby be Banned?
Group 17 Keystone XL. You may have heard this name thrown around, but what’s the big deal, and why is it still causing such fierce opposition? The XL project, proposed back in 2008 by TransCanada, would modify the existing Keystone pipeline that runs crude oil from both Canada and the US to refineries on the … Continue reading Keystone XL: Do the Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few?
Group 5 The news that Sergio Canavero, an Italian surgeon, and his colleague, Xiaoping Ren of China, plan to perform a ‘head transplant’ with an intention of ‘execution’, surfaced in 2017. Albeit, the pair now state that the procedure is imminent. The procedure (above) involves taking the head of an individual, unable to use their … Continue reading Modern day Frankenstein prepares for world’s first head transplant
Group 74 Annually, 400 million tons of plastic is produced worldwide. As the world is trying to reduce its dependency on plastic, it does not seem to be reachable in the near future. What is the reason for this? What will replace plastic, would that be viable? Is it possible that plastic-phobia is exaggerated? A … Continue reading Life in Plastic. Is it fantastic?
Group 14 Big data is a digital phenomenon that has developed rapidly in recent years. According to the research in 2017, 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the past two years alone. Government agencies, companies, and even individuals can capture, store, analyze, distribute and use massive amounts of data … Continue reading Big Data: A Double-edged Sword