The robots trained to provide services to elderly people living alone have been dubbed "carebots." Is the word "care" used here so generously as to strip it of its true value? Alejo José G. Sison suggests so in a recent blog post, reproduced here with permission.
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Twenty-one percent of the world's largest public companies currently have zero emissions targets, according to a report by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) and Oxford Net Zero, co-authored by STI expert Thomas Hale.
“Our democracies are vulnerable and under threat; if we want to maintain and realize our ethical and political values, we need to take a close look at the political role of digital technologies – now, not in the future,” asserts philosopher of technology Mark Coeckelbergh.
While correlations can leave room for speculation as to cause and effect, a new study relates excessive screen time – especially of the more frivolous variety – with lower levels of perceived well-being during COVID-19-related confinement. Charo Sádaba was part of the research team.
As governments take a wide range of measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a new tool aims to track and compare policy responses around the world, rigorously and consistently. One of the lead researchers discusses what has been learned.
Dr. Mark Griffiths explains responsible gambling tools – how small interventions can influence problematic user behavior for the good.
This year’s Reuter’s Digital News Report – the sixth – is especially revealing, as it contains data from both before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemia. The 2020 report points out the dichotomy between the public’s expressed preference for unbiased, accurate journalism, and its increasing dependence on non-professional sources of information.
Stephen Green poured decades of experience into his latest book, The Human Odyssey: East, West, and the Search for Universal Values. In this exclusive interview with STI, he distills its essence.
Peer pressure comes in many guises. A new report reveals that many UK university academics do not feel free to share certain opinions or to investigate certain issues.
In her HLD lecture, Professor Ruth Fine explained that "memory has a place in forgiveness. For only if we remember, then we have the ability to learn, forgive, and rebuild common ground from our past."
The first of the 2020 Holy Land Dialogues explores forgiveness from a philosophical angle. The following is an edited and abridged version of Professor Mariano Crespo's contribution.
In support of its mission to foster understanding, the Social Trends Institute collaborates with the Saxum Foundation to offer the Holy Land Dialogues (HLD) lecture series. HLD is a biennial invitation to the Holy Land that aims to immerse pilgrims from all walks of life in the ancient history and current reality of this small area of the world that is so uniquely rich in cultural heritage. STI invites scholars and public intellectuals to address the pilgrims with keynote speeches that center each year on a particular theme. Daniel Johnson, who has moderated all three editions, has written the following retrospective for STI:
Public-Private Sector Cooperation Necessary to Relaunch the Economy, Say Business Leaders and Economists
Representatives from the Institute of Family Businesses (IEF) and IESE Business School joined forces to prepare a 48-page document titled “Boosting Employment and Relaunching Business: Reflections for Action.” It proposes the formation of a multi-lateral working group to lead the way back to the economic productivity interrupted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Dr. Wilfred McClay’s latest book is an invitation to young and old to engage with history, and to appreciate how hope has guided an entire people over time. Knowledge of one’s history can inform a healthy patriotism that undergirds good citizenship, McClay explains in this interview with STI.
Columbia Journalism School professor and author Michael Schudson explains why journalism at its best is "a wonder of the world," in this interview with STI.
Life under lockdown has the potential either to hasten a digital future in which our lives become tracked and monetized in unprecedented ways, or to make the public more aware of such risks and thus resistant to all things digital. Sonia Livingstone shares this blog post on these potential post-COVID-19 scenarios.
A new Reuters Institute report reveals how citizens of six diverse countries accessed, consumed and judged media as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, and how well-informed they were by their preferred sources.
Stefano Zamagni, Pierpaolo Donati and Ana Marta González - all STI experts - sign an open letter from PASS, as president, academician and council member, and academician, respectively. The statement, also signed by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences (PAS) urges strengthened communication and research, and global cooperation and solidarity to protect the most vulnerable.
STI extended an invitation/request to experts from various fields to offer a thought on what this global health crisis means or might mean in the future in the context of their field, and/or to society as a whole. Professors and practitioners of sociology, international relations, law, history, philosophy, media, and bioethics offered the impressions, reflections, and predictions collected below (in alphabetical order). Food for thought…
Not only will the COVID-19 pandemic not result in the birth of ‘coronababies’ conceived in confinement, explains demographic researcher Lyman Stone, it is almost certain to produce the opposite effect. He shared his findings with housebound viewers around the globe in an April 3 Webinar titled “Will Coronavirus Boost Fertility.”
The news on the news isn’t heartening. Reuters Institute’s eighth annual digital news report surveys media consumption behavior in 38 American, European, African and Asian countries, finding the public to be unenthusiastic at best about news media.
The UN’s 2019 ‘World Population Prospects’ presents population estimates underpinned by analyses of historical demographic trends. The estimates and projections presented here describe two of four demographic megatrends (population growth and ageing).
Philosopher and business school professor Alejo José G. Sison considers the true marks of excellence in advanced business schools, lamenting that standard ranking systems fail to take them into proper account.
These two university professors and public intellectuals from “opposite sides” of the political spectrum came together again on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death display their “brotherhood” despite ideological differences.
Paloma Durán, who leads the Sustainable Development Goals Fund, explains why this project-financing mechanism – created in Spain – is going to disappear.
Are world leaders and world institutions up to the task of solving the ever-growing range of global problems? An international group of scholars met do debate this question and others in Geneva on February 10-11, co-hosted by STI and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
The second of the 2018 holy land dialogues considers the quest of Christians and Jews to conquer the concrete realities of life.
British author and journalist Melanie Phillips decries cultural rejection of the Hebrew Bible, arguing that western civilization today will only be rescued if it reaffirms its religious roots in Christianity and in the Hebrew Bible.
In academia, the world of international relations has long been understood as anarchical. But mightn't it be more heirarchical? Ayşe Zarakol's book "Heirarchies in World Politics" makes that case.
Media are important players in society – the proverbial ‘fourth estate’. Renee Hobbs has dedicated her career to promoting media literacy, “in the hopes of transforming passive consumers into critical users and active citizens.”
Photographs are powerful storytellers. But what stories do they tell? In the image-heavy modern environment, it’s ever more important to choose photographs’ proverbial ‘thousand words’ carefully.
How can communities and the individuals that comprise them be inspired to cultivate a shared civic ethos in order to lay the foundations for a more vibrant and cooperative civic life?
Jewish public intellectual Eric Cohen exhorts all people of faith to work together to reassert the moral high ground of Judeo Christian civilization.
Oxford nanophysicist and theologian Andrew Briggs explains how science and faith work together and alternate taking the lead, to further explore man’s penultimate curiosity.
Is there a theological defense for obliging laws that protect us from unjust harm? Craig J. Iffland seeks one, delving into theological questions with interdisciplinary scope.
Current discussion of the relationship between cultural diversity and International Relations is based on flawed perceptions of both. STI experts are rethinking the issue on new terms.
Sign the Statement: Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression - A Statement by Robert P. George and Cornel West
With freedom of expression under attack at academic institutions and elsewhere, two prominent American public intellectuals, Cornel West and Robert George, have issued the statement we reproduce below (...)
With insidious fake news popping up all over, the late Wolfgang Donsbach’s reflections on the interaction of society and media bear reflection. Below is an excerpt from his chapter in What Society Needs from Media in the Age of Digital Media.
Michael Barnett’s new book examines the particulars that influence how American Jews balance the historical tension between universalism and particularism.
In a more militarized, unpredictable and unstable world, power becomes regionalized, but I was afraid of that with Reagan, too, and in the end we survived. Under Trump, the US has already lost its status as a reliable ally.
New digital media have given a voice to those beyond conventional circles. Yet they demand savvy users able to dispassionately weigh their contents and their aims
More human, ethical, inspiring, respectful and at the service the common good. This is the new marketing that STI Expert Professor Francisco Pérez Latre (University of Navarra) defends.
Harold James, Co-Editor of 'The Thriving Society' and member of our Board of Advisers, encourages readers to strive towards a society that is not merely decent but dynamic.
University of Rhode Island Communication Studies professor Renee Hobbs discusses how her research suggests some of the ways that society benefits from a media-literate public.
'The Thriving Society: On the Social Conditions of Human Flourishing' is a newly published collection of essays aimed at demystifying the key economic, social, and moral foundations of successful societies.
Lucy Küng, Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and Professor of Media Innovation at the University of Oslo, shares the keys to digital news’ success in a recently published book.
British philosopher and writer Roger Scruton considers the social and moral purpose of the university in this article for 'First Things'. Scruton has participated in four Experts Meetings organized by STI.
David Thunder seeks to rehabilitate the ethical standpoint in political philosophy in his book 'Citizenship and the Pursuit of the Worthy Life' (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He discusses the work with STI.
Written by STI Expert Roger Scruton, The Soul of the World is a Princeton University Press Bestseller, one of The Times’ Books of the Year and one of The Scotsman’s Books of the Year.
From September 24-26, the Catholic University of America School of Business hosted a conference titled “Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business.” STI expert Joe Capizzi (Intention & Double Effect) participated.
This article summarizes and analyzes the social harms of pornography as considered in "Los costes sociales de la pornografía" (Ed. Rialp). The review was written by Fernando Rodríguez-Borlado and published by Aceprensa on June 11, 2014 in Spanish.
San Francisco Philosophy Professor Thomas Anthony Cavanaugh explains the practical applications of Double Effect, citing some of the theory’s implications for political, legal and ethical questions.
Interview with Craig Iffland, who has actively organized the Double Effect meeting alongside Academic Leader John O’Callaghan.
The meeting, held at Balliol College at Oxford, explored how the changing media environment created by proliferation of media platforms and providers is affecting the kind of information and entertainment the public receives.
STI sponsored the symposium Equality, Freedom of Conscience and the Common Good, held at Lincoln's Inn in London from March 17-19, 2011.