Why we “forget’ child labor made our jeans, but brag about our organic lunch

A firm moral compass is great, but a selective memory will do. Consumers demonstrate a willfully ignorant memory after learning products they like were unethically made, according to new research published in the Journal of Consumer Research. In an effort to “avoid emotionally difficult ethical information” like the use of child

LI town supervisor doles out raises on his way out of office

A Long Island town supervisor who touted an ethics-reform agenda while in office lost his re-election bid — and on the way out gave questionable raises and transfers to nearly 200 workers. The personnel changes — along with sweeping amendments to the town’s union-labor contract — were made during

Stephen Hawking issues dire warning on AI

Artificial Intelligence could sideline and “destroy” its human creators if engineers cannot get a grip on the ethics behind it, Stephen Hawking has warned. Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, the theoretical physicist said AI has the potential to be the best or worst thing humanity has ever

Google creates ethics team to stop our future robot overlords

Google has created an ethics department that will try and make sure super-smart computers don’t wipe out humanity. Artificial intelligence has the power to vastly improve our lives but could bring unfathomable changes to human civilization if left unchecked. Much pressure has been piled on Google to create this ethics board, which

Panel rules city workers can’t join office lottery pool with bosses

Memo to New York City government workers dreaming of hitting the lottery: You can no longer join an office pool if other participants include your boss or subordinates. That was the ruling issued Thursday by the Conflicts of Interest Board in what critics are calling a “killjoy” decision. The ethics panel said

Scientists are building DNA from scratch to redesign life

NEW YORK — At Jef Boeke’s lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here. But he and his colleagues are cooking up something else altogether: yeast that works with chunks of man-made DNA. Scientists have long been able to make specific changes

Former DOJ ethics watchdog couldn’t stomach Trump probe

A top Department of Justice ethics watchdog stepped down from her post over frustration with investigations into President Trump, according to a letter recently posted to her LinkedIn page. Former Compliance Counsel Hui Chen broke her silence Friday after resigning in mid-June from her job as a corporate ethics consultant to

Trump made millions last year: financial disclosure

WASHINGTON – President Trump hauled in tens of millions in revenue from his international resorts, golf clubs and hundreds of other businesses, according to a financial disclosure form released by the Office of Government Ethics. The 98-page document – made public late Friday afternoon – included $19.7 million in income from