Cultural Appropriation Again

One of the problems with the idea of cultural appropriation as something that is morally wrong is that there is so much relativism involved with the concept.  In this case, some Asian-Americans condemned the wearing of a Chinese dress by someone who is not Asian, but people in China were not upset at all.  Who gets to decide what counts as impermissible cultural appropriation?  The photo is a link to the article.

Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), aka Killer Robots

This is a very controversial topic right now in ethics, international law, international relations, and so on.  There have been discussions at the United Nations: https://www.un.org/disarmament/update/pathways-to-banning-fully-autonomous-weapons/

Here is a recent summary of the debate: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/04/10/how-can-international-law-regulate-autonomous-weapons/

The online journal Ethics and International Affairs has published several articles on this topic:

https://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/

https://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2017/governing-lethal-autonomous-weapon-systems/

https://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2016/eia-interview-robert-sparrow-autonomous-weapon-systems-respect-warfare/

https://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2015/terminator-ethics-ban-killer-robots/

https://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2015/killer-robots-toward-the-loss-of-humanity/

Including this collection of articles at Ethics and International Affairs (requires a subscription):

https://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2016/ethics-autonomous-weapon-systems-aka-killer-robots/

Ethical Issues at Fertility Clinics

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/04/03/a-woman-said-an-ancestry-com-dna-test-told-her-she-had-a-different-father-her-parents-fertility-doctor/?utm_term=.aea1b9acbf9d

A woman discovered that her biological father was a fertility doctor who, unbeknownst to her mother, used his sperm to impregnate her mother.  This case raises many ethical issues.  For starters, it seems that the woman, her mother, and her non-biological father might have all been better off if they had not discovered this.  Also, it seems like some sort of sexual assault, but it is difficult to describe exactly.

https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/3-women-suing-fertility-clinic-that-lost-thousands-of-embryos/725953476

This case raises many ethical issues related to procreation and abortion.