Future Societies course is a final research paper

The second major assignment for the Future Societies course is a final research paper in lieu of a final exam. The final research paper is intended to provide students with an opportunity to research and write on an issue of personal interest and to articulate a personal vision of what it means for them to be a member of a global community and a future leader in business and society. For this assignment, students will need to select a research topic or question. The topic or question must be approved by the instructor before students begin their research.

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Klaus Schwab, in the video we watched in class on the 4th industrial revolution, made this same argument, that the integration of information, renewable energy, and biogenetic technologies will lead not only to changes in human behavior but to changes in our understanding of what it means to be human, which is perhaps another way of saying that these technologies are likely to change our shared understanding of reality, including social realities. Since our moral intuitions and behaviors our grounded in these shared understandings, it is reasonable to suppose that as these technologies become further embedded into our everyday experience people we begin to respond differently to the moral choices they face in daily life. While a paper on this topic would necessarily be highly speculative, it would definitely be interesting to explore how these technologies might reshape our moral intuitions. You may want to focus your paper by focusing one or two moral choice frameworks, such as the work of Jonathan Haidt, e.g. “The Happiness Hypothesis” and Peter Singer, e.g. “Ethics in the Real World”. and then consider how the coming technological changes might impact how people shape their moral choices within each of these frameworks

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