TECHNOLOGICAL progress is always good.. yes?

Would you sacrifice one person to save 5?

What are Ethics? Where do they come from?

Why do computer programmers need to think hard about ethics?

What makes something right and something wrong?

Lesson 1: The Big Picture


With a partner pick a question below take 15 minutes and present to the class using Google slides:

  • Is there anything you would uninvent if you could? Why?

  • Does technology change human nature?

  • Is there a "natural" way for humans to live?

  • Can we choose to ignore technology?

  • When does something we choose to do make us unhappy?

TASK: Create a new page on your website/slide titled: Progress?

Embed your slides on your page.


Automation is having technology do things for you so that you don’t have to.

Automation is all around us. When you’re at a set of traffic lights, there isn’t a traffic light operator that decides when to change the light from red to green. It is done automatically. The street lights come on at night automatically.

Think Can you think of things in life that are automated? Make a list of ten with a partner . Good eh? Is automation always good?

WareHouse Bots? watch and Discuss

How will automation affect us in the future?

Discuss with a partner each job below and ask could it be replaced by a robot?

Can you think of any downsides to automation?

Discuss your findings with the whole class.

The future is uncertain automation is ever expanding making out lives easier but where will this end up?

In your class break into groups of 3/4 and discuss the table (below) fill it in (with examples is possible) and discuss as a group when finished.


Embed this video below the paragraph you wrote for the last lesson and write a paragraph discussing some pro's and con's of Automation

Watch 'Humans need not apply'- post your thoughts on Edmodo- at least 100 words + ideas on how can you future proof (click on link) yourself ?

Lesson 2 Protecting Your Privacy

How would you feel if someone were standing outside our bedroom window, staring in through the curtains. The most common response would be to call the police. However, what do we do when everyone is being monitored? We shake our head, and try to forget it’s happening. Try to go on with our lives and ignore the constant nag that we’re being watched.

"If its free online you are the product not the customer" discuss this statement.

Whenever you browse the Internet, websites are collecting information about you and using it to fuel their businesses. They use your information to display relevant ads, to sell you products you might be interested in, and more.

CLASS Discuss:

What do big companies need all this information?

What are some reasons for protecting your privacy?


Read this article - pick a topic 1-8 in pairs make a short presentation on it for the class

Plenary Take Control- an advert by the European Commission-what is this video about?

Lesson 3: Big Data & Online Privacy Risks and Rewards

What is Big Data?

Many people don't know what big data is and what it means for the future? Have you heard of big data? Can you guess what it is - discuss with a partner (1 min)

Why do many people like the idea of big data?

What are the benefits for society?

What Are the Risks?


Embed the video & write a paragraph answering the following questions

Is this ethical? What can we do? What is digital mindfulness?


LESSON 4: Robot Rights & laws

The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or known as Asimov's Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov.

1.A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2.A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3.A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Some say these laws are out of date. Computer programmers are faced with issues when programming. have a look at the video below to see some of the challenges.


Can you think of some more laws we might need?


Write a paragraph explaining why

a-You strongly believe it is dangerous for computers to be more intelligent than us


b-You strongly believe it is vital for this to happen.

This article may help


Watch the video below email me your thoughts e.g Is it silly to be talking about robot rights when so many people and animals have so little rights around the world or is this something we need to think about now before its too late?

The US government

  • Edward Snowden revealed an NSA program called Optic Nerves. The operation was a bulk surveillance program under which they captured webcam images every five minutes from Yahoo users’ video chats and then stored them for future use. It is estimated that between 3% and 11% of the images captured contained “undesirable nudity”.

  • Government security agencies like the NSA can also have access to your devices through in-built backdoors. This means that these security agencies can tune in to your phone calls, read your messages, capture pictures of you, stream videos of you, read your emails, steal your files … at any moment they please.