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Transformative Technologies and the Future of Punishment

Rebecca Roache

From mind uploading to moral enhancement, future technologies will offer radical new possibilities for punishment. How should these new tools be used? Philosopher Rebecca Roache explores the future of justice.

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About the Course

From mind uploading to moral enhancement, future technologies will offer radical new possibilities for punishment. How should these new techniques be used? Philosopher Rebecca Roache examines a range of ‘transformative technologies’ and finds they force us to re-examine deep ethical questions about the aims of punishment in the justice system. New technologies demand answers to old questions.

By the end of the course, you will have learned:

  • How mind uploading, life span extension, psychological tailoring and moral enhancement could be used as forms of punishment.

  • What different ethical questions are raised by current and future kinds of punishment

  • How forward and backward looking aims of punishment result in very different conceptions of justice

  • How ‘retribution’ is an unavoidable component of justice, and what that means for future punishments

About the Instructor

  • Rebecca Roache

    Lecturer in philosophy at Royal Holloway, Roache's work focuses on Ethics, philosophy of psychiatry and metaphysics. Her work has been featured in The Times, The Guardian and the BBC.

Course Syllabus

  • Part One: Transformative Technologies
    Roache explores how technologies of the future will provide dramatic new possibilities for punishment.
  • Part Two: The Future Of Punishment
    Roache explores the ethical justification and aims of punishment, arguing that the future of the justice system depends on them.
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