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Weekly Question: "Given the fundamental importance of semiconductors for everyday life, should we strive for a global governance of semiconductor production, rather than leave it susceptible to geopolitical tensions?" - Read: Euronews

Many of the recent tensions between the US and China is grounded in the relation between these two country and Taiwan, and specifically in the role of Taiwan in the production of technology worldwide. Taiwan is, by far, the #1 manufacturer and exporter of semiconductors, which are essential for the construction and functioning of information technologies worldwide. As the Chinese military has recently carried out drills around the island, some global actors are worried that a military outbreak would have severe implications. The reason being, it would cause a global shortage of semiconductors and practically halt the production of information technologies worldwide – technologies that are arguably used within every domain of our society, from homes to hospitals, and whose sudden interruption would have catastrophic implications for many nations.

On this page can be found a selection of links to thought-provoking, philosophically significant, and ethically engaging items. These items serve as intriguing introductions to the discussion of the ethical ramifications of emerging technologies, a discussion of the impact of which will shape the world that we and our descendants will live in. Given this import, it is never too late or early to find your voice and join the discussion!

Washington Post (What is the moral status of avatars and chatbots?)

Ars Technica (How should states respond to the possibe threat to privacy raised by systems such as ChatGPT?)

MIT Technology Review (Is the energy cost of 'training' AI sustainable?)

"Which ethical questions are raised by the coronavirus pandemic?" - Read: The Conversation

The Conversation (how can we make sure that algorithms are fair?)

Philosophers on GPT-3 (philosophical implications of the GPT-3 language model)

Do you take this robot?

The Moral Machine

Which Face is Real?


Making an Ethical Decision