From smart cities to the Metaverse, what might future political environments look like?
Technology is transforming politics as we know it, creating new possibilities for democracy, discourse, governance, and human rights. But it also poses significant risks. In the first week, we’ll explore the eye-opening intersection of technology and power, paying particular attention to how algorithms, one of the driving forces behind this shift, affect our political perceptions, choices, and outcomes.
By imagining future political environments, we’ll explore what transformations might mean for state sovereignty and global co-operation.
This week, we’ll shift our focus to the moral and ethical implications of living in an increasingly digital world. Discover how ethical philosophy can help us navigate this ever-changing landscape and explore the ethical dilemmas posed by ground-breaking technologies such as driverless cars, Chat GPT, and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems.
Plus, you’ll have the chance to see QMUL’s very own Dr Elke Schwarz in action – in a pre-recorded video, she will share her insights on the importance of human agency in the face of new technologies.
It's a thought-provoking and essential exploration of the ethics of technology that will challenge your thinking and expand your horizons.
In our final week, we’ll delve into the fascinating sub-field of International Relations: Global Ethics. With content from Queen Mary’s experts, Professor Kim Hutchings and Dr Diego de Merich, you’ll explore the most pressing questions, themes, concepts, and theories surrounding Global Ethics.
From traditional approaches like deontology and consequentialism to alternative theories such as care ethics and Ubuntu, you’ll be exposed to a range of different perspectives. We’ll reflect on several key themes and challenges in contemporary world politics and consider the ethical challenges they pose.