The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

In Policy Horizons Canada's new Economic Futures: The Next Digital Economy white paper, Blockchain is identified as one of 9 key technologies that will cause disruption to the economy, labour force, and ways in which individuals interact with businesses. Blockchain is lucrative. It's flashy. Even Facebook has one now! Whether or not you think it's… Continue reading The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

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The Dangers of Policy

Last week I had the privilege to attend the Canadian Bioethics' Society yearly conference, and present my work on poetry and microethics. During the week, I made some great connections with fellow bioethicists, healthcare practitioners, and patients. Many challenges with how healthcare is currently practiced were raised and discussed, and I'm sure more than a… Continue reading The Dangers of Policy

Don’t Move Fast, Don’t Break Things

"Move fast and break things," is an idea that started with Facebook, and yet, has become a philosophy for many tech companies and is in some ways demanded by the market which functions on the whims of venture capitalists who see two options: get in early, or fail. Moving fast, by itself does not seem… Continue reading Don’t Move Fast, Don’t Break Things

Rawls and Robots

John Rawls is perhaps the most influential political philosopher since Plato. His works (but mainly the flagship A Theory of Justice), have influenced government policy and thought throughout the world. In many ways, his ideas are great. He supports the idea that all citizens should have their basic needs met. He believes that inequality in incomes should… Continue reading Rawls and Robots

Fitbits, Insurance, and Discrimination

So, I woke up this morning to this lovely article from CBC detailing how the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is looking into using FitBit trackers to incentivise workers into healthy activities as a means to cut healthcare insurance costs. Now, this, when I read it was shocking and appalling and OBVIOUSLY TERRIBLE, but apparently the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… Continue reading Fitbits, Insurance, and Discrimination

Better than we Are

Aristotle was the first (known) philosopher to posit that we can become better people. He thought we could do this by modifying our actions in such a way that acting morally became an unconscious habit, and that we could know what morality was by watching paragons of virtue and imitating them. Now, the interesting things (for today's… Continue reading Better than we Are

Inclusion in Design

Most of my friends would say I'm an imaginative person. This isn't to brag, as its a skill I have cultivated, and one that is necessary to being a writer and a philosopher. It's a skill that enables me to look at an issue from a variety of viewpoints and extrapolate possible consequences, and pick… Continue reading Inclusion in Design

A Year in Review

Welcome to Moral Guillotines. This week marks the 1yr. anniversary of announcing and starting this project, and I have had so much fun. In the past year, I have written 47 articles on various topics in philosophy, but primarily ethics. I've talked about current affairs, how philosophy impacts my own life, and more. And the… Continue reading A Year in Review

The Marketplace of Ideas

Last week was a downer (sorry guys). But the world keeps on turning, and I keep on writing, so here we are again. In the past, I've talked about aspects of freedom of speech, and the possible consequences of shunning certain speech. *Which, by the way, when someone shuns your speech or disallows you a… Continue reading The Marketplace of Ideas

Paradigm Shifts: A torturous case example

The use of technology increases our abilities, broadens our conceptions of how society and work should be organized and accomplished, and requires careful attention to future possible future consequences. It also requires us to revise our definitions and paradigms. I've talked before about different aspects of how technology requires us to refine our ethics including… Continue reading Paradigm Shifts: A torturous case example