February 2012 Blog Posts (4)

Hip Hop and the Arab Uprisings

Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri is quoted in this great essay on hip hop and the Arab uprisings. His contention is that "Arab Spring" makes it sound too much like flowers are blooming when truly people are fighting for their lives and freedoms. Here's an excerpt below. Check out the original article at…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on February 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Happy 98th Birthday, Carnegie Council

In honor of Carnegie Council's 98th anniversary, I just wanted to share a few thoughts on where we've been and where we're headed:

"This is an adventure such as has never been tried before," announced …

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Added by Joel Rosenthal on February 10, 2012 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

Teaching Ethics in International Affairs

International Studies Perspectives has an issue available free online wherein they explore various aspects of teaching ethics in international affairs. The articles resulted from a colloquium held last year at the annual International Studies Association conference. I have pasted some of the titles, authors, and abstracts below with links to the full texts. Hopefully you will find…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 9, 2012 at 6:56pm — No Comments

The Ties that Bind Japan

I was recently interviewed in the press about the recent Olympus scandal in Japan.

The Olympus episode illustrates competing moral virtues in Japan. In this case, it was the virtue of loyalty winning out over the virtue of honesty. I am increasingly coming to believe that one of the core problems in…

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Added by Devin Stewart on February 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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Gene Editing: Overview, Ethics, & the Near Future, with Robert Klitzman

In the first in a series of podcasts on gene editing, Columbia's Dr. Robert Klitzman provides an overview of the technology, ethical and governance issues, and where it could all go in the near future. Plus he explains why the birth of genetically engineered twins in China last year was a "seismic" event. How could gene editing lead to more inequality? What could be some of unintended consequences?

The Crack-Up: Dwight Eisenhower & the Road Trip that Changed America, with Brian C. Black

In 1919, a young Army officer named Dwight Eisenhower, along with a "Mad Max"-style military convoy, set out on a cross-country road trip to examine the nascent state of America's roads. Penn State Altoona's Professor Brian C. Black explains how this trip influenced Eisenhower's decisions decades later, both as general and president, and laid the groundwork for the rise of petroleum-based engines and the interstate highway system.

AI in the Arctic: Future Opportunities & Ethical Concerns, with Fritz Allhoff

How can artificial intelligence improve food security, medicine, and infrastructure in Arctic communities? What are some logistical, ethical, and governance challenges? Western Michigan's Professor Fritz Allhoff details the future of technology in this extreme environment, which is being made more accessible because of climate change. Plus he shares his thoughts on some open philosophical questions surrounding AI.

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