Oppenheimer film sparks discussion on state of academia, pursuit of STEM: Editorial

Editorial

In an editorial, Andy Miah (University of Salford) discusses the academic implications of the recent movie. Miah highlights how the ideas and insights created by research can come with undesirable consequences and discusses how this can stem from the separation of academic and political communities. The author argues that STEM subjects should effectively integrate ethical debates into their study, pointing to modern-day courses on artificial intelligence as a potential starting point for this initiative. Miah concludes that shows how the “mindless pursuit of STEM for its own sake” without the guidance of moral and social insight can put the world into a “persistent state of tension.”

Times Higher Education (Acct. Req.)