Ethics

If a Robot is Conscious, is it Okay to Turn it Off?

If a Robot is Conscious, is it Okay to Turn it Off?

In the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “The Measure of a Man,” Data, an android crew member of the Enterprise, is to be dismantled for research purposes unless Captain Picard can argue that Data deserves the same rights as a human being. Naturally the question arises: What is the…

Why Violence Against Virtual Animals is an Ethical Issue

Why Violence Against Virtual Animals is an Ethical Issue

Violence against animals in video games is ubiquitous. Players can kill or torture animals in various popular games, including Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V. The rise of this (increasingly realistic) trend in games, along with people’s tendency to go along with it, raises important questions. Violence against humans in…