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A new perspective for more ethical technologies

A new perspective for more ethical technologies

Racism, bloodshed, speciesism, climate change... You want a more ethical world? Dr. Thilo Hagendorff, a researcher at the University of Tübingen, says you should abandon patterns of thinking that draw an artificial boundary between "one's own" and "others" and develop unconditional compassion. Do you want more ethical AI and technologies? Forget the dominant principle-based approach and adopt the virtues-based approach. You should also start working towards an ethical work climate.

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Let's design Smart Cities with what we already have on hand

Let's design Smart Cities with what we already have on hand

What if cities already have the infrastructure they need to become smart? What if the challenges are more cultural than technological? Fábio Duarte is an expert in urban planning and mobility, he is, among others, a senior researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab and a consultant for the World Bank in transport and land use planning. He says we need to go beyond flashy technology projects and make the most of what we already have: this is his "Flintstone" approach to smart cities. This approach allows him to avoid the major pitfalls and propose original projects such as a fleet of autonomous boats in the Amsterdam canals or a cheap and operational large-scale way to test millions of Americans for COVID-19 ... through sewage systems.

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"Ongoing negotiations at the UN for a new treaty on marine biodiversity offer a unique opportunity to ensure that everyone benefits from the exciting advances in marine biotechnology."

As new technologies and scientific methods for sampling and studying the ocean develop rapidly, scientists and companies are increasingly interested in exploring the genetic diversity of the underwater world. Bioprospecting, the search for marine genetic resources (GMRs) with potential commercial value, is not regulated in international waters, but ongoing negotiations on United Nations (UN) treaties could change the governance landscape. Klaudija Cremers, a researcher in international ocean governance at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, spoke about the prospects for biotechnology and the outstanding issues in the final stages of treaty negotiations.

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