All posts by Nick_Ward

Deepfake: The Age of Disinformation

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

Carbon Trading: Progress or Pretence?

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?

Is it ethical for pharmaceutical companies to charge what they want for their products?

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?

The trolley problem in self-driving vehicles

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

Keystone XL: Do the Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few?

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?

Modern day Frankenstein prepares for world’s first head transplant

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