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 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

Learn 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

EXTRA IF YOU HAVE TIME (in class or at home:)

Robot Rights read this

Discuss all the question below -choose 1 and .

Should there be restrictions on using robots so as to preserve human jobs?

Should robots have the same rights as humans?

Does Pepper deserve our sympathy?

What makes humans more capable of having emotions than robots?

What do humans expect from robots?

What is considered a robot?

Can a relationship with a robot replace a human?

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

In this lesson, you will consider what information is available online about you and reflect on your online data sharing habits.

  1. Discuss with a partner: What kind of digital information is out there about you?

With a partner discuss the kinds of information someone might be able to find out about you by searching on the Internet add this to your web page.

    • Which of these things are information that you voluntarily put online?
    • Which of these things would you prefer to keep private?
  1. Discuss with a partner: What kind of digital information is out there about you?

With a partner discuss the kinds of information someone might be able to find out about you by searching on the Internet add this to your web page.

    • Which of these things are information that you voluntarily put online?
    • Which of these things would you prefer to keep private?


  1. What are some reasons for protecting your privacy?
  2. Why is privacy a good thing?


Create a new page on your website title it 'Protecting your Privacy'

On the web page make a list of reasons why privacy is a good thing.

  1. Here are a few of many reasons for protecting privacy:
    • Allow anonymous political speech
    • Protect personal security (e.g., against stalkers)
    • Restrain exercise of state power (e.g., require warrants)
    • Prevent spread of incorrect information
    • Part of human dignity

Discuss: Who is threatening your privacy?

  1. Describe how each of the following threatens privacy:
    • Governments
    • Corporations
    • People with cellphone cameras

Discuss: What are some reasons for giving up privacy in certain areas?


Identify one area in your life in which you purposely give up privacy. What are the risks? Why have you decided that the benefits outweigh the risks? Make a note of these on your webpage.

Here are a few reasons people give up privacy:

    • You gain convenience from tailored ads and location services.
    • People today care more about online friendships.
    • Governments need to protect us against bad guys.
    • Businesses must verify eligibility (e.g., credit scores).
    • "If I'm doing nothing wrong, I have nothing to hide."

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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)


On your web page please answer the following:

1.What is personal data (examples).

2.Why do companies and governments want your personal data?

3. Why should we protect our data?

4. Can you get your personal information back again after you have shared it?

Apps That Mine your Data- Be careful what you download


Embed the video below to your website: How can you protect your personal information?

Take Control- an advert by the European Commission


Make a poster making people aware of the main issues around data harvesting.

Do you or someone you know use

Apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Viber?

Felix Krause described in 2017 that when a user grants an app access to their camera and microphone, the app could do the following:

  • Access both the front and the back camera.
  • Record you at any time the app is in the foreground.
  • Take pictures and videos without telling you.
  • Upload the pictures and videos without telling you.
  • Upload the pictures/videos it takes immediately.
  • Run real-time face recognition to detect facial features or expressions.
  • Livestream the camera on to the internet.
  • Detect if the user is on their phone alone, or watching together with a second person.
  • Upload random frames of the video stream to your web service and run a proper face recognition software which can find existing photos of you on the internet and create a 3D model based on your face.

The 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.

How would we 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.


Embed the video & rite 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?