Technology and Ethics

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Humanities
Sciences & Technology
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The meteoric rise of technologies used in our everyday life for profit, power, or improvement of an individual's life can, on occasion, cause cultural stress as well as ethical challenges. In this course, we will explore how these multifaceted impacts might be understood, controlled and mitigated.
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1/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
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5 years, 2 months ago
I do NOT recommend this class if you have any interest in technology and ethics.  It could have been a fascinating class if had addressed the ethics of modern technology such as genetic engineering, synthetic life, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, singularity theory, robotics, creating mini-black holes, .... But there are NO SUCH DISCUSSIONS in the lectures.  The quizzes are just opinion polls that are automatically given full credit as there are no wrong answers.  The second writing assignment grading rubric is guaranteed to give good grades to even the most awful of answers because it only asks if issues were addressed, not if they were addressed well.  At this point in time, I have taken well over 30 MOOCs and this is by far the biggest waste of time of any of them.
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3/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 1 month ago
I had no prior experience with this subject. I thought that we would be talking about social media, genetics, etc. but instead we talked about the professor's work. I completed this course with 100% without watching the last 4 weeks of videos. On a good note Professor Bailey has promised to revamp the course if it is offered again. I would tentatively recommend the course if that is the case.
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1/10 starsDropped
5 years, 3 months ago
This course is incredibly poor, to the extent that major questions should be asked as to the quality control at coursera and Ohio State University. It seems that no preparation has gone into the course, or the videos themselves, and there is no supplementary reading at all. I kept it up for five weeks simply because it took up almost none of my time it was so undemanding, but finally, I felt even that little time was being wasted.
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2/10 starsDropped
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5 years, 3 months ago
I can only endorse what Ricardo Teixeira said 100%. I can only add that I had to fight to keep awake. The way the Professor presents his ideas is not engaging, and what he says is just run-of-the-mill.
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5 years, 3 months ago
I hesitated before writing this. I feel really bad for having to say what I'm about to say, because the lecturer seems like a genuinely nice person, and I always feel obliged to be thankful for someone who puts in the time to offer a course for free, and does it respectfully and with honesty and good intentions - as is the case. That being said, I must say it was definitely not the right course for me. It is pretty much an introductory course, which is fine, but since I've taken so many similar ones before to me it was repetitive. Further, it upset me that it displays an underlying relativism. We are constantly reminded that "there are no right answers" and that all that matters is our "own personal ethic". The first quiz was almost voyeuristic, in that it asked personal questions about our views. Sure, ethics may be a subjective field with many grey areas, but there are clear rights and wrongs. It is possible to teach those rights a... I hesitated before writing this. I feel really bad for having to say what I'm about to say, because the lecturer seems like a genuinely nice person, and I always feel obliged to be thankful for someone who puts in the time to offer a course for free, and does it respectfully and with honesty and good intentions - as is the case. That being said, I must say it was definitely not the right course for me. It is pretty much an introductory course, which is fine, but since I've taken so many similar ones before to me it was repetitive. Further, it upset me that it displays an underlying relativism. We are constantly reminded that "there are no right answers" and that all that matters is our "own personal ethic". The first quiz was almost voyeuristic, in that it asked personal questions about our views. Sure, ethics may be a subjective field with many grey areas, but there are clear rights and wrongs. It is possible to teach those rights and wrongs - as other courses show. That's what I signed on to learn - not to be told that whatever my intuition is, it's as correct as anything else. As a consequence, I think some topics are handled simplistically. For example: I was appalled to hear that "Darwinism" is an "ethical theory" that consists of the strongest taking everything. Natural selection is a biological theory for how species vary across time and how their genetic features morph, it is not an ethical theory. The closest possible match would be social Darwinism, which is by now a discarded sociological theory - still not an ethical theory. I always think if you're interested in the topic of the course it's worth checking it out. But I am sorry I cannot recommend it at all. It's a shame - I was really looking forward to it. If future offers of the course are more rigorous, structured and objective, I may sign on again.
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5 years, 3 months ago
This course didn't work for me. The presentation are not well prepared, professor Bailey is really not engaging and delivers the videos in a monotone and unclear voice. The material is also very basic and not very interesting. Hope others will be able to get something out of it.
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