Giving Online Learning a Try With a Crash Course in Robot Ethics

Giving Online Learning a Try With a Crash Course in Robot Ethics

                    It’s 6 a.m. in Los Angeles, but I have a fresh pot of coffee beside me, and I’m ready for class to begin. Class, in this case, is being conducted through my computer. I’m enrolled in a massive open online course (MOOC) through FutureLearn, and for the past three weeks, my Philosophy of Technology and Design class has studied the challenges (and opportunities) between humans and our emerging silicon cousins (robots, automated transportation, and other things as yet uninvented). Our…

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Sydney University slammed by feminists for offering ‘sexist’ scholarship giving preference to male students

Sydney University slammed by feminists for offering ‘sexist’ scholarship giving preference to male students

The University of Sydney has sparked outrage among students after offering a scholarship that gives preference to male applicants. The university last week announced a new $27,000 scholarship for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students. Veterinary students received an email advertising The Professor Marsh Edwards AO Scholarship which reads: ‘Preference will be given to applicants who are male.’   The eligibility requirements of the scholarship horrified female recipients and prompted a response from student group The University of Sydney Women’s Collective. A female Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student, who asked not…

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Sydney University under fire for vet scholarship giving preference to males

Sydney University under fire for vet scholarship giving preference to males

The University of Sydney is under fire for a new scholarship of nearly $30,000 that gives preference to male applicants, with the head of the scholarships office likening it to grants that “discriminate” against students who are not Aboriginal. The Prof Marsh Edwards AO scholarship, offered for the first time this year, is available to students enrolled in the postgraduate doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the University of Sydney. The successful applicant will receive $6,750 a year for four years. The release states that “preference will be given to…

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