moral dilemmas and deep ideas
In the context of present-day slavery, is not acting a moral failure? Are there things money should not be able to buy? Should certain products be banned on the grounds that they are trivial and wasteful of resources? Should the right to collective security be placed above individual liberty? Should "hate speech" be protected?
The participants will also wrestle with the ethics and troubling implications of certain transformative technologies. Examples include an omnipresent, self-preserving mass surveillance system (as in the TV series Person of Interest); the ability of people of wealth to purchase genetic enhancements for their babies (as in the book Beggars in Spain); an intelligent program whose ability to relate and interact ends up eclipsing human-to-human relations (as in the movie Her); and ubiquitous robots who take over meaningful human labor (as in the movie I, Robot).
time commitment: 6 sessions, each 90 minutes long.
number of participants: 4–12
recommended grades: 8–12