Archive for the Ethics Category

Bacteria make computers look like pocket calculators

Posted in Computing/Telecom, Sustainable Technology, Synthetic Biology on July 26, 2009 by Mark P. Line

Bacteria make computers look like pocket calculators

  • Ashby’s Law trumps Moore’s Law. Not much more to say.

Google hits to warn of flu epidemics

Posted in Adhocracy, Ethics, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Technology with tags , , on November 12, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Google hits to warn of flu epidemics

  • This looks like a classical double-edged sword to me.
  • Before you know it, those with access to search engine trails will be able to pinpoint the hangouts of godless heathens, foreign language speakers or even Democrats.

Iraqi Death Estimate

Posted in Ethics, Transparent Government with tags , , on September 10, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Iraqi Death Estimate

  • Every time I see something about how over 4,000 American soldiers have died in Iraq, I ask myself why they don’t give any numbers for Iraqi casualties at the same time.
  • Since that number turns out to be in seven figures (combatants and civilians), I no longer ask myself why it hasn’t been widely publicized.

Contagion and Remission of Ideologies

Posted in Adhocracy, Ethics, Rehumanization with tags , , , on August 25, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Contagion? Remission? Of ideologies? What, is an ideology a disease, then?

In a word, yes.

An ideology is a seemingly coherent set of beliefs that, at best, emanates from a small handful of unfalsifiable postulates. (At worst, the beliefs are much more random and self-contradictory than that.) Because these postulates are unassailable, the entire belief system — the entire ideology — is built on a house of cards. So, too, is the life of the person afflicted with ideology.

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Harvard Team Makes 10 Disease-Bearing Stem Cell Lines

Posted in Ethics, Synthetic Biology on August 7, 2008 by Leane Roffey Line

Rob Waters reports on a new development in stem cell research — Harvard University scientists have made lines of stem cells, able to turn into any other cell in the body, from bits of skin or blood of 10 patients with genetic diseases including muscular dystrophy and juvenile diabetes, using Yamanaka’s technique for creating what Yamanaka calls “induced pluripotent stem cells, or IPS cells”. This is a favored technique for two key reasons: it is relatively easy and inexpensive to perform and it doesn’t require the use of human embryos or unfertilized eggs. Because human embryos aren’t used or harmed to create the IPS cells, the method sidesteps current ethical concerns.

Media Ethics and the Myth of “Newsworthiness”

Posted in Adhocracy, Ethics with tags , , , on August 4, 2008 by Mark P. Line

With the new adhocracy of the blogosphere, the tired, overly dramatic legacy of professional journalists may be drawing to a close.

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Gwladys Fouché: Big business can and should make ethical investments

Posted in Ethics on July 20, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Gwladys Fouché: Big business can and should make ethical investments