• Question: Do you ever think about (or fear) the misuse of projects or technologies you've worked on?

    Asked by LegionOfOwls to Agata, Chris, John, Kirstin, Michael on 16 Jun 2016.
    • Photo: Michael Carley

      Michael Carley answered on 16 Jun 2016:

      I certainly think about it. You can’t control what other people do with your ideas, and since I work on noise from aircraft, I am sure that some of my work could be used for stealth technology designed to kill people.

    • Photo: Chris Hackett

      Chris Hackett answered on 16 Jun 2016:

      you cant really misuse the mars rover as it will be fore science, not for profit.

    • Photo: John Allport

      John Allport answered on 20 Jun 2016:

      There will always be people who will misuse technologies for one reason or another. I work mainly on engines, and it would be impossible to prevent them being used for military purposes, for example. I wouldn’t work on things specifically designed to kill people, but it’s difficult with things that have lots of other uses.