The Department of Defense (DoD) shares a symbiotic relationship with the U.S. research ecosystem -- one that has generated tremendous breakthroughs for national security and economic prosperity. However, many people assume defense research is all tanks, ships and planes.
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“Genetics isn’t just about you. It’s about your family, too.” -- 23andMe
Ethics generally works on the principles of do no harm. Although research protocols to protect human beings have been in place for a while now, the pervasiveness of multiple types of data and their use make it less clear where the impact on human beings is in the data life cycle. Thus, harm is not only direct based on exposing identifiable data for individuals, but also indirect resulting from the reuse of easily available data and combining multiple datasets.
We live in an age when everyone understands the importance and pervasiveness of data—the pictures we take, the activities we track, the transactions we make, and the websites we visit. Data can often be contentious in terms of ownership and access. Today, businesses must deal with the availability, pervasiveness, control, and usage of data for their day-to-day workings. Now data and related aspects touch everyone’s life in one way or another. This portends a sea-change that needs to occur in the way we view technology jobs.
Blockchain. Blockchain. Blockchain. You've probably heard this term thrown around quite a bit over the last year. And before that, you likely heard about Bitcoin, the best known cryptocurrency -- digital bits of information used by people as money -- and all of the hype, both good and bad, that has surrounded it since it first emerged.
With much fanfare, in 2015, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), The 21st Convention of Parties (COP21) adopted The Paris Agreement as a plan for global action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the unavoidable impacts from climate change. Three years later, COP24 took place December 1-14, 2018, in Katowice Poland. After tense moments and hard work of the negotiators lasting into early morning hours, the “rulebook” for the Paris Agreement was largely finalized. Such negotiations can often seem opaque and complex.
Advances in drug development and neurotechnology over the last century have noticeably increased our ability to target cognitive-behavioral networks and help those with physical disabilities. These and future advances could potentially provide a pathway by which to use drugs and/or devices to consistently enhance human cognition and behavior, rather than just treat or manage the symptoms of medical conditions.
A version of this post was first published in the East Hampton Star on September 14, 2017. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily represent the views of the American Association for the Advancement of Science or East Hampton Star.
While some politicians claim that climate change is a hoax, and climate scientists try to refine their models and forecasts of how much warming will take place in the next few decades, marine scientists can see clearly the evidence of what has already happened.
The original version of this post was published at PLOS One Global Health on August 20, 2018. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily represent the views of the American Association for the Advancement of Science or The Public Library of Science.