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Food waste: A reflexion on the unsustainability of conspicuous consumption

“Can I help you sort out the leftovers?” I ask my supervisor, already on the lookout for some Tupperware. “Yes, please,” she replies, passing me a bin and a roll of plastic bags. Unfortunately certain of the answer, appalled, I asked “do I have to throw it all away?” a question which, apparently, is only […]

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Science

What effect do codes of ethics have in software development?

It seems that most professions, whether it be law or chemical engineering, have their own ethical codes. However, those fields that have seen recent developments are only now discovering their ethical boundaries. Software development seems to be part of this contingent. Earlier this year, one of the largest computing societies, the Association for Computing Machinery, […]

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TV

Are the Chinese Government mimicking Black Mirror?

There is a consensus nowadays that technology can only get better and that outcomes of technological progression must be beneficial. When reality and science fiction television become mirror images of each other however, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate this. China has recently implemented a trial period of a new Social Credit System (SCS). It […]

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Science Technology

Can driverless cars be programmed to make ethical decisions?

A driverless car is capable, in theory, of sensing its environment and navigating it without human input. Currently, no completely driverless or autonomous cars are permitted on public roads unless there is a human present who can take over control in an emergency. It is predicted, however, that within the next 10 years this may […]

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TV

“Everyone wants to live forever” Is Black Mirror predicting the future?

Black Mirror is a British television show that takes a look at the consequences of technologies on modern society through a set of macabre and somewhat cynical lenses. The show typically takes place in a not so far off future world, although often depicted as slightly dystopian. Notably, it’s actually the characters rather than the […]

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Environment Science

Should documentary film-makers be obliged to intervene?

A highly celebrated and historically significant photograph ‘The vulture and the little girl’, features an emaciated Sudanese toddler being confronted by a vulture. The photo was meant to show a shocking truth, but ended up sparking an ongoing debate about the ethical role of the photographer. Is a photographer simply a recorder of events, or […]

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Sport

Is there an ethical problem with dog participation in sport?

Dog sport is a rapidly expanding field, with a Wikipedia page listing over 20 distinct sports for dogs alone, including activities like dog surfing, scootering, rally obedience and Jack Russell hurdle racing. Dogs have partaken in sports for centuries with activities like dogsledding – or even millenniums if hunting is considered a sport; however, these […]

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Do the benefits of testing on animals outweigh the costs?

Image: Marcel Burkhard Animal testing is historically a topic that inspires discussion, from nation-wide campaigns down to student newspaper debates. Before this article proceeds any further, I want to specify that this article focuses on animal testing for scientific and medical purposes. Cosmetic animal testing, banned in the European Union, is morally unjustifiable, and the […]