Bioethics

brittaspencer

Bioethics is the debate of the ethical issues surrounding modern biotechnologies, In an era where the rate of technological advancement is increasing more dramatically than ever, the introduction and application of new technologies – more often than not – comes hand in hand with the question just because we can do something, does it mean that we should? Bioethics helps us answer this question. I would like to explore the conversations that this question generates, investigating the ethical concerns surrounding emerging biotechnologies. Biotechnology can be defined as the manipulation of living organisms or their components’ (Merriam-Webster Dictionary), the term was coined in 1919 by Hungarian agricultural engineer Karoly Ereky to describe a technology based on converting raw materials into a more useful product, which he predicted could provide solutions to societal crises such as food and energy shortages. Biotechnologies have been met with resistance on various fronts, primarily…

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To Track, Or Not To Track

krisesandchrosses

Youtube Channel.PNG For my digital artefact, I created a YouTube Channel with useful information and discussions on the ethical implications on tracking humans. This channel has four videos currently but can be expanded by getting more families to discuss their own opinions on the issue. To go to the channel, click here!

Contextual Essay:

The area of study I choice to explore encompassed an aspect of cyber surveillance, geoslavery and tracking devices which has not yet been fully unraveled by society. Throughout this project I have been able to draw conclusions using my own experiences as someone who has been tracked along with using academic, pop culture, news and political sources to frame my argument involving the ethics of tracking humans.

In the context of this investigation, I cumulatively utilised primary experimental research (a discussion video with my family) and secondary research to fully engross myself in the content…

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A Guide To Cryptocurrencies

The Guinea Pig Generation

Literature

Bitcoin: A Peer to Peer Electronic Cash System (2009) Satoshi Nakamoto 

The original ‘White Paper’ of Bitcoin written by the still mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym used by Bitcoins inventor(s). The paper theorises an online payment system in which electronic cash is sent directly from one user to another without the need for a third-party institution such as a bank. It is now recognised that Nakamoto did more than invent a currency. He also solved a longstanding problem in computing, to do with data and networks. His solution was complex, but it involved the use of an infrastructure comprising “blocks” of confirmed transactions that form a chronologically linked “chain”. This paper is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the theory behind blockchain and how Bitcoin was born. It is important to note that before every new cryptocurrency is launched, a white paper is written by its creators. A white paper…

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Cyber Identities Digital Artefact

Thoughts, spilled onto a blog.

Cyber Self is defined as “an alternate self on the Internet or in cyberspace; an online alter-ego.

MMORPG’s are important examples of experiential communities in which individuals from different parts of the world create characters, perform roles, develop virtual possessions, and interact through virtual worlds.

Individuals can create and alter the image they want the online world to see. That is because these virtual environments change identity boundaries and represent new opportunities for identity development and group affiliation.

The Avatars used in online gaming (MMORPG’s) can become more than just something you use to play online, they give the player an opportunity to develop this avatar and create a social community and have positive or negative impacts on the people who use them.

In my Podcast, ‘ProteusCast’ I talk to three people about three different areas of gaming.

ProteusCast Episode One: The Community

ProteusCast Episode Two: The Avatars

ProteusCast Episode Three: The Outside

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Will Drones Rule our Future?

Edwina Jones

Drones are now becoming popular within our society, with drones becoming cheaper and with better cameras they are becoming more accessible. This is changing the face of the tech front and this poses many questions about how drones should be used within our society.

I have become one of the many owners of a drone and this has led me to asking many questions about how these drones should be used within our society, and also how our law enforcement agencies are using this technology and whether it is a positive thing for society. I also wanted to look into what the negatives of these drones of these drones on our society are.

I began this journey with a fun video I made of teaching my family how to fly a drone. See here:

You can see that drones can be a lot of fun when used correctly and with…

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