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Commercial surrogacy: A global market for babies?

“It’s an amazing gift. The BEST gift”. This is how actress Rebel Wilson described surrogacy in an Instagram post announcing the birth of her baby earlier this week. What Wilson…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…