02.133 Ideal Innovations? Science Fiction & the Ethics of Technology

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The genre of science fiction is not just useful for speculating about future technologies; it is just as potent at imagining moral dilemmas to come. This module will explore how science fiction can be viewed as ethical experiments for our technological age. Through a close examination of science fiction films and writing, as well as references to short readings about Western and Eastern ethical principles, this module will consider how these can inform contemporary debates about ethics in three overarching areas – machine ethics, smart nation and bioethics. Students will also be making use of digital humanities tools in their assignments, with a final assignment on the ethical ramifications of artificial intelligence in healthcare designed in collaboration with the Singapore National Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research, AI.SG.

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Instructor
Nazry Bahrawi