Ethics and Science Fiction
A brand spanking-new website, Alien Ethos, will discuss ethical issues in science fiction. Visitors are encouraged to comment in their forum.
Here are some topics I wouldn’t mind seeing:
- Cloning: Is cloning ethical? What rights do clones have?
[Suggested references: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer]
- Matter Teleportation/Memory Recording – What privacy issues surround a technology where a person or his memories can be electronically copied? Is it right to create duplicates of that person?
- Artificial Intelligence/Robots – Do thinking machines have rights?
[Suggested references: "Supertoys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss, Isaac Asimov's Robot novels.]
- Posthumanism – Does posthumanism redefine life and death?
[Suggested references: Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan]
- Virtual Reality – Is it OK to behave unethically in a VR world? Are violators to be held responsible for their actions when returning to the real world?
[Suggested references: Lady of Mazes by Karl Schroeder, "Downloading Midnight" by William Browning Spencer]
- Treatment of the Elderly – What are the ethical issues in dealing with the ever-increasing population of the elderly?
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