Accueil > Ethics of new technologies


Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Interest for new technologies.

Course Description

Under the sea, on the surface of the earth, in space, in your house: technologies, in all forms, are everywhere. They shape societies, human interactions, personal lives and…themselves. What used to be considered as science-fiction is now part of our daily decor, or could soon be. Between wearable technologies, modifications of the human body, artificial intelligence, e-health and more, what are the ethical challenges raised by these forms of technologies? Should we edit the human body? Should robots sound or look human? Should taxis still have drivers, if driverless cars are safer? Could Artificial Intelligence (AI) replace executive decision-making? These are some of the many questions that will be addressed during this course. The course will map out major existing and emerging technologies. The aim of this course is to enable you to place new technologies within a broader context of implications and morality.


BELLO, Imane (Lawyer-in-training, Intern within the Litigation Department Loyens&Loeff Luxembourg)

Course validation

- Active participation in class (20%) ; - One group presentation (40%) : 10-15-minute presentation. The presentation should include why the presented technology device, ideology or case is relevant, what practices are related to it and what lessons or questions could be drawn from it. In addition to sending the presentation, students are requested to send an outline and an executive summary of the presentation in written form the day before the presentation ; - Final-paper (40%) : papers are required to have a clearly stated research question and should present the material needed to answer this question in a concise way (no more than two pages). The final paper is a statement that should include a theoretical approach as well as a discussion of your personal vision of existing and emerging technologies and their implications.

Required reading

  • Enhancing Evolution, The Ethical Case for Making Better People, John Harris, Princeton University Press, 2007
  • A Cyborg Manifesto, Donna Haraway, 1984
  • Black Mirror (TV show - all three seasons), Charlie Brookers