The Future of Information Ethics

How should we think about the future of information ethics? There are several ways of approaching this question. First of all we need to distinguish between the future of information and the future of ethics. Both of these are important and deserve more substantial treatments than this brief note will allow. Future of information concerns […]

International Workshop, “Ethics, Wellbeing and Meaningful Broadband”

International Workshop Ethics, Wellbeing and Meaningful Broadband August 16 – 17, 2011 Chulalongkorn University Introducing broadband to a country such as Thailand has faced a number of challenges. Many of these challenges are regulatory and political in nature. Many groups are vying for a lead position in the broadband game and no one wants to […]

Bioethical Viewpoints: East and West

I am now attending the 11th Asian Bioethics Conference in Singapore. This is a grueling conference where all the papers are presented one after another in one big room from 8:20 am to almost 8 pm. So let’s see what will happen. Four days before this conference there was a bigger one, the World Congress […]

Can a Bodhisattva Kill?

One of the most controversial topics in Mahayana Buddhism touched upon in Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche’s teaching at the Bodhgaya Hall last Thursday is about the act of killing by a bodhisattva. Those who have even a very basic understanding of Buddhism knows that killing is prohibited in the precepts. The first precept says specifically that […]

The Soul of the Robot

One of the most discussed topics at the 5th Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference (APCAP 2009) at the University of Tokyo was about the ethics of robots. This is not so surprising given that Japan is one of the leading countries in robot technology and thinking about robots which look like humans and do things […]

Ethics and Contexts, or Is Killing Permissible in Some Way?

One of the interesting topics discussed during the plenary panel last Saturday at the IABU Conference in Wang Noi was on the question whether it is all right in Buddhism to do something that looks really bad but with the right intention, so that the action is not totally bad after all. This came up […]

IABU Conference

I just finished attending the first international conference of the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU) at the new campus of the Mahachulalongkornrajavidlaya University in Wang Noi, some 50 kilometers north of Bangkok last weekend. The conference was a huge one and there were more than 1,000 people attending the plenary lectures on Saturday. On […]