The ethical robot (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Philosopher Susan Anderson is teaching machines how to behave ethically.

Scientist: I'm NOT seeking a mom for a Neanderthal

A prominent genetics expert from Harvard Medical School wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He is NOT looking for a woman to bear a Neanderthal baby. Not even an adventurous one.

Joysticks transform US warfare in Afghanistan

In battle they take out Taliban fighters with joystick-controlled weapons, while back at base American soldiers hook up their Xboxes and kill their way through video games.

The ethics of driverless cars

Jason Millar, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy, spends a lot of time thinking about driverless cars. Though you aren't likely to be able to buy them for 10 years, he says there are a number of ethical problems ...

Should vegans avoid avocados and almonds?

A video recently doing the rounds on Facebook included a segment from the BBC comedy quiz show QI. The video asks which of avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash are suitable for vegans. The answer, at least according ...

Researcher examines the emotions and ethics in decision-making

Sukumarakurup Krishnakumar, assistant professor of management, and Doug Rymph, co-wrote the paper, "Uncomfortable Ethical Decisions: The Role of Negative Emotions and Emotional Intelligence in Ethical Decision-making," which ...

FTC plans to monitor blogs for claims, payments

Savvy consumers often go online for independent consumer reviews of products and services, scouring through comments from everyday Joes and Janes to help them find a gem or shun a lemon.

Study shows money cues can trigger unethical behavior

The word "money" triggers a slew of negative connotations, often including corruption, greed, power, and, most dramatically, the "root of all evil." But while we often associate money and vice, can the mere allusion to it ...

Pet? Companion animal? Ethicists say term matters

(AP) -- Are you the "owner" of a dog or cat? Maybe you should consider yourself a "human caregiver" instead. And Fido and Fluffy? Perhaps they should be "companion animals," not just "pets."

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