Creativity and Ethics: If you had super-powers, then what?

If you had super-powers, then what? This question is strangely becoming a practical one. The ways in which we have woven the restless power of technology into every part of our lives means that we can do all kinds of crazy things. But our new powers have consequences. With the nature of creative destruction (when something new comes along, something else gets left behind), how do we feel about those who get kicked to the curb and left behind?

In the creative economy, we innovate all the time. Some of the most obvious paradigm changes are related to the physical ability to create objects. The link below discusses how 3D printers can change what we chose to build.


This next link leads to a kind of Sci-fi scenario of questions about how are creative activity may affect human rights. When we create new, better ways of living, we open new doors that we might want to keep shut.


But those scenarios aren’t as far off as you might think. The next link is to a blog post on Neil Harbisson; he is a cyborg rights activist. Yes, that’s correct—a cyborg activist.


Back to regular technology, the internet of things is the new way technology is creeping into our lives. We often don’t think about how far it has already crept. If you enable an appliance to be smart, then what? If we are low on milk, we should get a notification on our phone. But is there a tradeoff, how much of that info goes the other way? IFTTT is a start-up trying to give us more control of our everyday things. It doesn’t seem like we are in the matrix, yet.


Finally, for the big questions. Michael Sandel is a famous ethics teacher at Harvard. If you want to ponder the big questions, click here. Particularly interesting is episode one.

If you had to choose between (1) killing one person to save the lives of five others and (2) doing nothing, even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes if you did nothing—what would you do? What would be the right thing to do?”

Creative people should regularly engage in conversations like these because change is upon us and we need to know if there still remains right and wrong.


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