apodoxus, to philosophy
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@philosophy

If you agree that there are lesser and greater evils and you agree that being imprisoned, enslaved and killed is worse than being imprisoned and killed then why believe that being vegetarian is better than only eating meat (and not other animal products)? If you only ate meat, you'd only be imprisoning and killing animals, but if you only non-meat animal products, then you're necessarily doing that and enslaving animals, which seems worse.

#philosophy #ethics #vegetarian #vegan

apodoxus,
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@philosophy If you have a hard time answering the question or if you think the two situations are the same, then ask yourself which one you'd rather be in: just imprisoned and eventually killed or also enslaved? Be honest.

eric, to ethics
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@military @ethics 🧵

I am starting a thread on killing at warfare:

eric,
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"We can see the division of the globe into grievable and ungrievable lives from the perspective of those who wage war in order to defend the lives of certain communities, and to defend them against the lives of others — even if it means taking those latter lives."

from Judith Butler’s 2009 book “Frames of War: When is Life Grievable?”: https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/judith-butler-precariousness-and-grievability-when-is-life-grievable/2826

eric,
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CSLee, to academicchatter
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I know IRBs aren't perfect, but I'm pretty excited about getting one registered and organized at my place of work. @seresearchers
@academicchatter

https://www.pluralsight.com/resources/blog/leadership/institutional-review-board-at-pluralsight

Tinido, to philosophy German
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Helen de Cruz' Newsletter Wondering Freely is one of my favourites. She makes complex philosophical ideas accessible and uses them to discuss how to live a good life. In her new article she writes about how to unlearn toxic productivity & start to learn to let your mind roam free.

@philosophy
https://open.substack.com/pub/helendecruz/p/on-letting-yourself-be?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android&r=2jfbt

ml, to academicchatter
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Does anyone have a link to good ethical guidance to including public social media posts as evidence of existing problems in a system or other ways you could use them to make an argument? Citation, of course, but are there permissions issues and other things to keep in mind when pointing to something posted on public social media platforms, fora, email lists?

@academicchatter #Ethics

estelle, to random
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The terrible human toll in Gaza has many causes.
A chilling investigation by +972 highlights efficiency:

  1. An engineer: “When a 3-year-old girl is killed in a home in Gaza, it’s because someone in the army decided it wasn’t a big deal for her to be killed.”

  2. An AI outputs "100 targets a day". Like a factory with murder delivery:

"According to the investigation, another reason for the large number of targets, and the extensive harm to civilian life in Gaza, is the widespread use of a system called “Habsora” (“The Gospel”), which is largely built on artificial intelligence and can “generate” targets almost automatically at a rate that far exceeds what was previously possible. This AI system, as described by a former intelligence officer, essentially facilitates a “mass assassination factory.”"

  1. "The third is “power targets,” which includes high-rises and residential towers in the heart of cities, and public buildings such as universities, banks, and government offices."

🧶

estelle,
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In 2019, the Israeli army created a special unit to create targets with the help of generative AI. Its objective: volume, volume, volume.
The effects on civilians (harm, suffering, death) are not a priority: https://www.972mag.com/mass-assassination-factory-israel-calculated-bombing-gaza/

@dataGovernance @data @ethics @sociology
@ai @psychology @socialpsych

estelle,
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In 2019, the Israeli army created a special unit to create targets with the help of generative AI. Its objective: volume, volume, volume.
The effects on civilians (harm, suffering, death) are not a priority: https://www.972mag.com/mass-assassination-factory-israel-calculated-bombing-gaza/

@ethics @sociology
@ai @psychology @socialpsych @dataGovernance @data

estelle,
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In 2019, the Israeli army created a special unit to create targets with the help of generative AI. Its objective: volume, volume, volume.
The effects on civilians (harm, suffering, death) are not a priority: https://www.972mag.com/mass-assassination-factory-israel-calculated-bombing-gaza/

@ethics @sociology @ai @psychology @socialpsych @dataGovernance @data

estelle,
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A person who took part in previous Israeli offensives in Gaza said:
“If they would tell the whole world that the [Islamic Jihad] offices on the 10th floor are not important as a target, but that its existence is a justification to bring down the entire high-rise with the aim of pressuring civilian families who live in it in order to put pressure on terrorist organizations, this would itself be seen as terrorism. So they do not say it.”

+972 and Local Call investigated: https://www.972mag.com/mass-assassination-factory-israel-calculated-bombing-gaza/

(to be continued)

estelle,
@estelle@techhub.social avatar

The first AI war was in May 2021.

stands for the Intelligence Division of the Israel army. Here is some praise of technology usage:

May 2021 "is the first time that the intelligence services have played such a transformative role at the tactical level.

This is the result of a strategic shift made by the IDI [in] recent years. Revisiting its role in military operations, it established a comprehensive, “one-stop-shop” intelligence war machine, gathering all relevant players in intelligence planning and direction, collection, processing and exploitation, analysis and production, and dissemination process (PCPAD)".

Avi Kalo: https://www.frost.com/frost-perspectives/ai-enhanced-military-intelligence-warfare-precedent-lessons-from-idfs-operation-guardian-of-the-walls/

(to be continued) 🧶

@ethics

estelle,
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Behind any aircraft that takes off for an attack, there are thousands of soldiers, men and women, who make the information accessible to the pilot. "They produce the targets and make the targets accessible. To set a target, it’s a process with lots of factors that need to be approved. The achievement, the collateral damage and the level of accuracy. For that, you have to interconnect intelligence, (weapon) fire, C4I [an integrated military communications system, including the interaction of troops, intelligence and communication equipment] and more," said Nati Cohen, currently a reservist in the Exercises Division of the C4I Division of the army.

Published in 2021 in a security mag: https://israeldefense.co.il/en/node/50155 @military

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ErrantCanadian, to philosophy
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This week I facilitated a session in a mechanical engineering course on values-sensitive stakeholder analysis. We talked about social and political challenges around renewable energy siting and how considering stakeholder values in design can improve outcomes for all.

@philosophy

SteveMcCarty, to academicchatter
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Deleted my #X #Twitter account because of its evil owner, so call me ex-X as I cross it out of my nice life here in #Japan! Thanks to @dangillmor for the nudge. I'm a stickler anyway about living by #academic #ethics: https://japanned.hcommons.org/academic_life

I'm in the #Humanities Commons instance, and we have free profiles like https://hcommons.org/members/stevemccartyinjapan that include a link to the old blue bird of Twitter, and members are increasingly leaving, so our admins at @hello might want to reconsider having that item in the next version of profiles.

What can I do with all this new free time besides taking contemplative hikes in Kyoto? I'm still looking for a wide range of informants and academic colleagues, as I should have big news on #international #collaboration in 2024. I'm looking for #friends in fields such as #online #education, #bilingualism, #language #teaching with #technology, #journalism, #interculturalcommunication, and #Asia.

A little positive reinforcement goes a long way!

@academicchatter

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clayrivers, to blackmastodon
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💛 “Cadavers of the Poor and Black Dissected without Consent”

Most states permit government officials to donate unclaimed bodies to medical schools, with no legal requirement for prior approval from the deceased or their next of kin.
@TheConversationUS

@BigAngBlack
@blackmastodon
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Medicine

https://www.ohfweekly.org/cadavers/

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joie, to ethics
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"Against the prevailing public mood, many survivors of the Oct. 7 massacres and relatives of those killed or kidnapped are opposing retribution on Gaza."
By Orly Noy: https://www.972mag.com/israeli-survivors-hamas-massacre-revenge/

@ethics

appassionato, to bookstodon
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The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Part One develops the thesis that AI is an unprecedented divorce between agency and intelligence. On this basis, Part Two investigates the consequences of such a divorce, developing the thesis that AI as a new form of agency can be harnessed ethically and unethically.

@bookstodon

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ErrantCanadian, to philosophy
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This week I taught an ethics session in a class on engineered living materials. Before class we read about a brick made of plant fiber, fungus, and programmable bacteria, which could make temporary structures in disaster areas. In class we played a game about decision-making in that context, and discussed their ethical reasoning.

@philosophy

estelle, to ethics
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estelle, to ethics
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"The amount of work your work and life wants of you will always and forever exceed the amount you can do.
You cannot fight this.
It is also a gift.
Once you accept (or re-accept) that there is too much, it becomes easier to turn some things away. You may still feel grief or loss at the things you cannot do. You may feel guilt, especially if an institution or person benefits from you feeling that way. But accepting that you must leave some things undone shifts the problem from one of being not enough to one of being in a position to make choices. And even when those choices are coupled to difficult or prickly constraints, they are still choices."

https://everythingchanges.us/blog/too-much-and-not-enough/ by Mandy Brown

@ethics @psychology

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