Tag Archives: ethics

Bitcoin a failure?

Mark Hearn, a former developer and evangelist for Bitcoin, recently had this to say in an article written by him on what he sees as the upcoming failure of Bitcoin:

But despite knowing that Bitcoin could fail all along, the now inescapable conclusion that it has failed still saddens me greatly. The fundamentals are broken and whatever happens to the price in the short term, the long term trend should probably be downwards. I will no longer be taking part in Bitcoin development and have sold all my coins.

Source: The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment — Medium

I’ll take his word that Bitcoin is a failure, I never had much faith in its long term solvency anyway. What I’m curious about is how he can justify from an ethical standpoint selling a commodity that he is convinced is now, or will soon be, worthless with no possibility of regaining any value?

 

Chicken embryo grows face of dinosaur

Scientists have figured out the genes responsible for creating a beak rather than a snout in birds and have had success in creating a chicken with a dinosaur’s snout. However, they didn’t hatch the eggs. I’m puzzled by that.

For now Bhullar has no plans, or ethical approval, to hatch the snouted chickens. But he believes they would have been able to survive “just fine”.

Source: BBC – Earth – Chicken grows face of dinosaur

Seriously, if they have created the embryo just to destroy before it hatches then what’s the ethical difference in allowing them to hatch and then destroying them an hour or so later?