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Ethics of Inventing "Death Machines"
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Ethics of Inventing "Death Machines"

AKA weapons.

What do you people think of the ethics of making weapons, which quite obviously have the intent of killing humans despite whatever fanciful twist you give it.

I know some design weapons then become against it, like Oppenheimer when he realized what he had done, and tried to protest the Hydrogen Bomb(and failed to persuade the paranoid anti-commie US government of the time). Others usually had some excuse like "defensive" or "self-defense" or "hunting/recreational", but I doubt this:
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was made for recreation.(though it does sound fun to drive this thing over a bunch of cars. I wish...)

I've already accepted that if I made a weapon, I'd be pretty blunt that the entire point of it was to kill better. Or something like armor to allow someone to kill better and longer by not being killed so easily. Course this isn't something people feel comfortable hearing Razz

So what's your thoughts on it?

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Ethics of Inventing "Death Machines"

I love death machines. I want as many of them as I can collect.

Not for killing, per se. The intimidation factor is more than enough for me...

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10-23-2013 07:41 AM
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RE: Ethics of Inventing "Death Machines"

The best weapon is education. Smile

Seriously, not all weapons are necessarily for killing. Particularly in the 21st century, even military strategy is often less about killing than about things like winning over hearts and minds, training people, making friends, and asking how to resolve intractable problems.

That said, your post here obviously has a connection to your post about entrepreneurship/business, given your stated career goals.

I'm thinking of a wall of videos that are related to both topics. Think of this like a mini-course.

I'm interested in actually adapting this into a real course, so if you have some thoughts on how to do that (sequencing, discussion prompts, assignments, even lecture topics or readings), give me a shout.

First, a Future of Storytelling video to set some context. This starts with a story about Oppenheimer, and gets into how the world of media is changing in the modern world. It can be a story -- a worldview-defining story -- that leads someone to kill or not kill, to be someone's enemy or someone's friend, or even to buy someone's product or not.

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James Stavridis: How NATO's Supreme Commander thinks about global security [16m]
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VICE: The Business of War: SOFEX [20m]
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VICE Season 1: Episode #1 - The Morning After [5m]
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Well there's a start. I think it's often important to get some context before diving into discussions of ethics.

Ethics is basically about decision-making. Often people think about it in terms of right or wrong, but many situations don't have such straightforward answers... unless you step back, think strategically, and ask, "why?"

Some problems really can be solved with better weapons than killing machines. Obviously those aren't going away any time soon, but their role is changing someone in a 21st century world.

What do you think? Thoughts on those videos?
10-23-2013 07:43 AM
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Ethics of Inventing "Death Machines"

Well, we need something for the coup

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RE: Ethics of Inventing "Death Machines"

I wonder how I could get a press pass to attend those weapon expos becaause Id die to attend one(every...one)

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