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Ethics Play (Final)

Ethics Play (Final)

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Published by Anthony Salvagno
I took a class on nanoethics and we had to write 4 papers for this class. This is the final one. My buddy Larry Herskowitz and I decided to write a play discussing various topics covered throughout the class. We acted this out during class during our allotted presentation time. We used a .ppt presentation as our setting and stage and incorporated several other useful computer components including .mp3's and video. The .ppt can be found in my documents as well.
I took a class on nanoethics and we had to write 4 papers for this class. This is the final one. My buddy Larry Herskowitz and I decided to write a play discussing various topics covered throughout the class. We acted this out during class during our allotted presentation time. We used a .ppt presentation as our setting and stage and incorporated several other useful computer components including .mp3's and video. The .ppt can be found in my documents as well.

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Published by: Anthony Salvagno on Jan 28, 2009
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06/14/2009

 
Issues at Hand
By
Larry Herskowitz
and
Anthony SalvagnoMain Plot:
Calderone is just finishing his thesis. He needs a little bit more data tocomplete research on Nano JESUS. Evan wants to finish his PhD first so he can sellNano JESUS to a company. So he has been sabotaging Calderone’s work but sinceCalderone is so meticulous he always finds the error but doesn’t suspect Evan.Frustrated with his failed attempts, Evan decides to raise futuristic concerns and tella whole bunch of dirty hippies so they force Calderone to waste his time. Calderonefigures out that Evan told the hippies, and they argue. In the heat of the argument,Calderone realizes he didn’t secure the flux capacitor and Chlorine gas has beenleaking and has filled the lab; killing both of them. Evan may get blinded by a laser.
Themes:
Public usually doesn’t know anything about breakthrough technologies. They are easily scared and influenced by incorrect and incomplete informationprovided by the media. Public outcries can cause major slowdowns whendeveloping new technologies and catering to these whims should not always beheeded. Thinking too much about the future is also a major concern. Focus on thepresent is extremely important, because it is this time that the advances are takingplace, not later. Greed and jealousy are bad.
Script
Setting: Calderone sitting at the desk with a laptop on in front of him. He isworking on research. The PowerPointbehind Calderone shows image 0123 of  July in Pictures/2008.Calderone thinks to himself :flux capacitor prevents chlorine gas fromcontaminating the sample. Chlorine (long pause)… Man, it’s been such along time since I started grad school. (Boston Long Time starts playing)I remember looking up to the older grad students…Anthony, Larry they just seemed to be on top of their game all the time. The lab seemed so empty after they graduated. I didn’t think I’d ever complete anything without their guidance. I remember when Evan joined the lab and I thought that workingtogether, we’d be able to accomplish a lot. I can’t believe the day is almost here. I just need to analyze this last bit of data, and schedule my thesisdefense. If everything goes as planned I can graduate in 2 or 3 months. Iwant to make sure I get everything perfect. I always seem to make smallmistakes, but it is a good thing I catch them before it turns into anythingdisastrous. Oddly enough it seems like those mistakes come out of nowhere.(Evan Enters)
 
Calderone: Hey good morningEvan: ‘Sup. Didja see the Giants game?Calderone: Yea I was able to catch a bit of it. I was trying to write more formy thesis.Evan: Well it was pretty good. Eli had a great game and they crushedWashington. What part are you working on?Calderone: Right now I am just working on the set up and methodsEvan: I thought you said you needed to double check something before youfinished your thesisCalderone: Yea but something just didn’t seem right. So I wanted to makesure my set up was correct, because I found the vacuum almost wasn’t at itsrequired level. But I found it and brought it down before I ran myexperiment. Somehow I managed to calibrate it too high even though Ithought I did it correctly. That would have put me back a while because Iwould have to reorder all the material again since that one box went missing.Evan: So were you able to get another working sample of Nano JESUS
(Jiga ExtrasenSorical Unified System, PowerPoint slide of this name plusrandom graphs.)
Calderone: Yea check it out.
(Calderone throws a vial to Evan, who fumblesand drops it)
Evan: Ahh man, sorry,Calderone, that was the last of your supplies wasn’t it.My bad.Calderone: Nah, don’t worry I have all the data right here.
(Points at graphs.)
I’ve been working with that sample for a while. I don’t need it anymore.Evan:
(Walks past and behind Calderone)
Did you catch
I, Robot 
on TBS lastnight? They showed it back to back.
(PowerPoint slide of I, Robot pictures and other Will Smith Movies)
Calderone: I’ve seen it before, but I didn’t watch it yesterday. Will Smith isthe MAN!! He showed those robots the business. I hate when TBS showsmovies back to back like that. It’s so annoying. You know its cause theydon’t have anything better to show. I mean who wants to watch Frank TVanyways?
 
Evan: Yea I know. I don’t understand why they can’t just stick with WillSmith movies and show
Bad Boys
or
Men in Black 
or hell even
Six Degrees of Separation
! So anyways, I love
I, Robot 
because you canshow all the violence of an R-rated movie but keep it PG-13 because thereare no real fatalities… just robots.Calderone: Yea like that whole final battle where the Fresh Prince is justhousing the robots.Evan: I can’t believe people think the future could end up like that. We builtrobots to help us and in the end they just turn on us and either enslave us ordestroy all humanity.
(PowerPoint slides of Eric Drexel, Jesus kicking Will Smith, WS kicking Jesus,and Chernobyl)
Calderone: I don’t believe that’s the case at all. Not even the godfather of nano believes that to be the case.Evan: Did you ever think of what NanoJESUS could do to the future? I mean,what if NanoJESUS is kicking Will Smith’s ass?Calderone: First off, we know nothing kicks Will Smith’s ass! Second, whohas time or the care to think that far into the future anyways? And how am Isupposed to even imagine what the world will be like in say 30 years?Evan: What if NanoJESUS causes cancer or something, like everything else?Like asbestos, x-rays,and lead paint. What if this is the next Chernobyl?
(Powerpoint slide of the lab again.)
Calderone: That is a bit extreme. Well we’ll just wait for actualexperimentation and results before we start freaking out.Evan: The media likes to blow things out of proportion. You should addressthese concerns before moving onCalderone: I am pretty good at checking and double checking my work.Should I stop my research because people who don’t know anything aboutthis technology freak out over a couple of buzz words.Evan: All I am saying is you don’t want to be the topic of some fake internetdebate. You also don’t want anything negative to come out of this becausethe internet will attack it. After that then the media and before you know ityou’ve killed 100,000 people.

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