In examining the ethics of force multiplier technology, Stephen Coleman is bettering our understanding of the conduct of conflict and what non-lethal weaponry can mean. In this talk at TEDxCanberra 2011, Stephen Coleman discusses his work as an ethicist with military and police forces and his examination of whether non-lethal weapons act as a valid deterrent to lethal force, both for the law enforcer and the perpetrators of crimes.
Dr. Stephen Coleman is Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Leadership and Vincent Fairfax Foundation Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW, Canberra.
Stephen works in a diverse range of areas in applied ethics, including military ethics, police ethics, medical ethics, space ethics and the practical applications of human rights. He has published and presented in various forms in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He is the Director of the Ethics program for the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) at UNSW, Canberra, as well as a Research Fellow with the international Consortium on Emerging Technology, Military Operations and National Security (CETMONS).
Previously he has been a Resident Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy, where he was part of a large research project examining the ethical implications of various new and developing military technologies. This project helped to brief the Department of Defense, the US Congress and the White House on these issues. He can also make balloon and origami animals, juggle, breathe fire and ride a unicycle, though not all at the same time.
He can also make balloon and origami animals, juggle, breathe fire and ride a unicycle, though not all at the same time.