CS 349 Contemporary Issues in Computer Science
Alan Cline

Elaine Rich

 

Introduction to Ethics

 

Make sure that you have read Chapter 2, Section 1 through 6, of Ethics for the Information Age. Go through the class slides at least as far as slide 51.

 

Watch these two videos:

 

         http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_zak_trust_morality_and_oxytocin.html?quote=1148

 

         http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_on_our_buggy_moral_code.html

 

Write one paragraph in response to each of these questions:

 

         Describe an experiment that might someday be possible and that might either support or refute the kind of claim that Zak is making.

 

         Can you think of other factors, in addition to the ones the Ariely discusses, that might affect the degree to which people are tempted to cheat?Pick one.Describe an experiment that would allow you to test the hypothesis that the factor youíve mentioned does in fact affect peopleís behavior.(Hint: itís okay for your experiment to look a lot like those that Ariely describes.)