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Nerd Nite Baltimore!

I’ll be speaking at Nerd Nite Baltimore 8 on April 18th. My talk, “The Needs of the Many and the Needs of the Few,” will explore ethics in Star Trek and how they apply in the real world:

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (WOK) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (SFS), an ethical dilemma was posed. In WOK, Spock sacrificed his own life to save the ship and his shipmates, explaining to Kirk, that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. But in SFS, Kirk sacrifices his ship to save Spock, saying, “Needs of the one, outweigh the needs of the many.”

This talk will explain why both statements are ethically correct and not in contradiction. Further, this talk will explore applications of these ethical dilemmas to self-driving cars and public policymaking.

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