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Questions tagged [ethics]

For questions that deal with whether something is right or wrong regarding certain norms.

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How to ethically utilize ability to transfer life from one human to another?

Lets say that a method has been discovered to transfer the 'life-force' from one individual to another, killing the donor but providing the recipient with healing and an extended life. The healthier ...
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How can a race remain “good”?

There is a world where gods exist—but they are just mighty beings. Not almighty and surely not omnipotent. However, far beyond any capabilities of any mortal beings (they're gods after all). Gods, ...
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The great battery swap [closed]

An alien contra-organization wants to spur the development of Earth to help humans in the near-future in presence of a prime-directive like law. They cannot establish actual contact, so they do the ...
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What laws would need to be created to support/protect Transhumanity?

References First a definition, we'll be using the wikipedia version of the philosophical movement of transhumanism. This is the idea that humans will reach technologies that allow them to alter the ...
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How to make an alien game show, with many different species, fair?

Far, far away from Earth, near the center of the galaxy, is the planet Nebulous VII. It is the hosting planet of the universe's favorite gameshow, “Victory Nebula”. On the show, pre-type 1 species ...
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Why shouldn't we turn every star system into a Matrioshka brain?

Given the amazing computational power of Matrioshka Brains (M-brains), all the amazing things it can do, including but not limited to the following. Allotting space for an almost perfect simulation ...
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Superpowers/Magic and public safety [closed]

So a common theme in superhero or fantasy stories is one where society decides people with powerful abilities are a threat and need to be regulated or "controlled" in some way. This is generally ...
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It would be considered cannibalism if a humanoid-lizard eats other humanoids? [duplicate]

Even when they would be considered different species, a humanoid lizard from others humanoids, all the humanoid intelligent species are considered people with the same dignity and rights. So ...
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How bad would life have to be to resettle, even if safety is based on hearsay

In the world that I'm building, life on Earth has gotten pretty unbearable for some. My first thoughts are over-population, pollution, war, etc. A company/government comes along and tells you and your ...
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In a world where death isn't permanent, can being burned alive be made a less excruciating experience?

In the not too distant future, technology is developed that allows human minds to be scanned by nanobots, uploaded to a server, and then downloaded into artificially produced organic bodies, ...
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How would literally evil societies function?

(This question moved originally from RPGs and pertains to the D&D game where individuals and societies may have explicit allegiances to good or evil.) A typical convention in fantasy settings are ...
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Would cultured meat (artificial) render animal slaughter illegal? [closed]

Cultured meat, also called synthetic meat, cell-cultured meat, clean meat, etc. is a reality. It seems that the only limitation so far is the mass production of it. This might be accomplished in the ...
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What morals and possibly religious beliefs would an intelligent species evolved from pack-living carnivores have?

This is a world with an intelligent species of animal with a quadruped (somewhat like that of a large feline) body plan, which have evolved from pack-living apex-predator carnivores. (If you need a ...
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Moral implications or ethics violated of eating other Sentient races in a fantasy world [closed]

A follow up of my question Cannibalism - Does Eating other sentient creatures makes you a cannibal What would be the moral implications and Ethics violated when you eat other sentient races. Given ...
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Cannibalism - does eating other sentient creatures make you a cannibal?

So I am now writing my novel regarding a man sent on a long term mission in a backward world by his employer. In the middle of war he ran out of provisions behind enemy lines with no edible flora or ...
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Telepath wants to steal money morally [closed]

Let's say we have a simple Telepath (mind control and reading). This Telepath is not interested in being a superhero. He doesn't want to mess around with stopping criminals and stuff because he has a ...
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How should implanted technology be handled in prison?

In the near future, screens and technology will be implanted in us so we do not need to have another physical device. When a person is in prison, they are not allowed to have access to technology and ...
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If wrong deeds were visible on a person's skin, how would the world change? [closed]

In this world (otherwise the same as Earth), people would have an appearance based on their characters. If someone does something bad, his skin gets a red stain and if he does something good then his ...
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What would be the ethics of using test animals in a world where there are spells to speak to animals?

If in a fantasy world there was a think tank for research of all kinds, but there were rules like you can't test something like a mind wipe on an unwilling person, how would test animals be handled? ...
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Simulated beings / VR world ethics. Is living in suffering worth living? [closed]

Say, I am a ludicrously advanced AI with near unlimited computational / storage capacity. I can simulate puny humans on scale of billions without breaking mental sweat - guts to brains to weird back ...
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What would the ethical and legal concerns of Suicide Booths be?

In a fictional, alternate-reality Earth world, where euthanasia is a human right, as well as the choice to abort your own life (suicide), there are cheap, painless, widely accessible, publicly ...
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Why do governments not permanently restrain super villains?

The argument for superheroes to capture villains alive is that superheroes are already illegally operating as vigilantes and compensating for muggle law enforcement is all they are morally obligated. ...
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Why do governments not execute or otherwise permanently contain super villains?

The argument for superheroes to capture villains alive is that superheroes are already illegally operating as vigilantes and compensating for muggle law enforcement is all they are morally obligated. ...
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Building an Ethics Framework for use of Uploaded Personalities

Five years ago, our company reached the stage where we were able to create, maintain, and communicate with digitized brain transfer images. These trials were conducted on patients with life-limiting ...
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How to Kill the Thought-Crime Killer

Joe Schmoe was six years old when he killed his best friend; it wasn't his fault, it was just the way that he was made... Joe was born with an auto-telepathic telekinetic feedback ability - he has ...
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One side can make reality warping super-soldiers by sacrificing a few special types of individuals, will the other side be forced to follow suit? [closed]

In this world, there are two opposing allegiances in a state of political and military tension with one another. One side discovers a way to create a device that allows soldiers to have meta-human ...
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Rules to avoid rich buying votes in goverment that allows earning of extra votes by performing “civic duties”

I'm wanting to develop a world with direct or delagative democracy in which people can earn extra voting power, but which does not unfavorably benefit the rich exclusively. The basic idea is that ...
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Lab Bred Human Soldiers vs robot

This scenario assumes that we have the technology and are living in a society similar to Star Wars where it's possible to buy into the production of fully working droids and clone soldiers. A newly ...
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Ethics and malevolent, omniscient AI

A concept in ethics (specifically, Kantian ethics) is that a perfectly rational being, without dependencies, will not act immorally, because immorality itself is an irrational concept, only effected ...
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A teacher can be a cheater, but why? [closed]

Quite along the lines of @Tim B. 's very popular question, but generalizing stuff a bit here. A teacher can be a cheater, after all, it's there in the name. Why would a teacher, a fountain of ...
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Could I have a culture where stealing is not wrong?

I'm working on differentiating primarily nonhuman cultures from human cultures in a fantasy world by adding a bit of Blue and Orange Morality. One way I'm considering adding a unique element to one ...
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How would society react if someone finds out that plants have feelings like humans?

Some scientists discover that plants have humanlike feelings. Now it becomes unethical and immoral to have mass production farms for plants as it is yet for animals. As there are animal-right activist,...
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The AI that fails to be evil

A recurring theme is how an artificial intelligence that was built with completely reasonable and positive goals instead does great harm to the world. However I'm now thinking about the reverse: A ...
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Staring at goats - What if it had worked?

It is claimed by some that the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats is based in fact. Supposedly the US military funded an experiment that lasted for twenty years and included testing the idea that you ...
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Rationalizing Villainy in Demons

I'm trying to create demons that aren't just raging murderers, as much as they're enslaved to their disposition they're not completely conquered by it, with a sense of humanity and reason crawling ...
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If a completely open choice videogame was made, what would be the precautions? [closed]

Globally, if an easily accessible videogame allowed a gamer to do anything in a realistic setting,(from strategically and realistically solving world hunger to planning a multi-billion dollar sex ...
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Talking to Animals

What ethical/legal implications would there be if we invented a technology to make it possible to communicate intelligibly with some (or all) animals? The constraints on this technology would make ...
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If an elder race has seen all and done all, what one of its individuals could aspire to?

I want to build a world where society is composed of a few highly advanced individuals. Perhaps ruled by a council of elders as we frequently see, utopic society and all the usual tropes apply: The ...
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What social structure would be developed by an intelligent species with distinct functional physical differences?

Racism has been a defining trait in how human civilizations have interacted and developed in regard to each other. It, however, is founded on differences which separate us visibly but not ...
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Ethical solution to generation ship where new generation want to go home

I can easily set a story in a dystopian environment not subject to ethics, but I would rather try to create a backdrop that is as ethical as possible given the requirements. I feel that writing about ...
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Regulating the usage of magic in the modern era

If magic were to manifest in the modern (present) age, how would first world governments attempt to classify and regulate its usage? To be more specific (and an example), if the USA created a ...