UK Ethics Council Says It‚Äôs ‚ÄėMorally Permissible‚Äô to Create Genetically Modified Babies

The UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics says it’s acceptable to genetically engineer human embryos, so long as the interventions aren’t harmful to the future child or society as a whole. The council is taking a surprisingly progressive position on the matter, but we’re still a long way off from the birth of the…

New York Court Says Chimps Aren‚Äôt People‚ÄĒBut a Judge Is Not Happy About It [Corrected]

The five year long struggle to free a pair of captive chimps in the state of New York has finally come to an end. Yesterday, New York’s highest court denied an appeal by the Nonhuman Rights Project, but one of the judges was clearly unsatisfied with the ruling, pointing out deficiencies in the legal system’s ability…

Experts Sign Open Letter Slamming Europe’s Proposal to Recognize Robots as Legal Persons

Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the European Parliament’s proposal to grant personhood status to intelligent machines. The EU says the measure will make it easier to figure out who’s liable when robots screw up or go rogue, but critics…

Unconscious Patient With 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo Causes Ethical Conundrum at Hospital

When an unresponsive patient arrived at a Florida hospital ER, the medical staff was taken aback upon discovering the words ‚ÄúDO NOT RESUSCITATE‚ÄĚ tattooed onto the man‚Äôs chest‚ÄĒwith the word ‚ÄúNOT‚ÄĚ underlined and with his signature beneath it. Confused and alarmed, the medical staff chose to ignore the apparent DNR‚Ķ