Suppose I have devised a way to cheat at cards, exams or any other situation in which secret communication with other people or machines provides unfair advantage. The method is novel and uses original technology and algorithms such that I think they might be worthy of a scientific publication.
The method is not a mathematical trick to solve a game while sticking to the rules, in which case I would see no ethical issue with publishing it. Think more of a method to remotely stream answers of a test directly into the retina without anyone else noticing.
I wonder if it would be unethical to publish this method in an academic journal. I personally feel strongly against cheating at exams, a little less strongly about cheating at cards but still, I wouldn't like to be making cheaters' life easier.
In their book "Beat the Market" Thorp and Kassouf write about why they published their method to edge their stock market investments. While the situation is different since using maths to make money is neither illegal nor unethical, some of their arguments might hold in my case.
In short, they say that they chose to publish their trick because other people will figure it out eventually, so:
- They might as well get credit for it.
- If everyone knows the technique, it becomes easier to replicate, detect and prevent.
- As Syndrome from The Incredibles would say: "When everyone's super, no one will be."
Any other things I should be considering?
Let's ignore the legal aspects of that process since they are boring and off topic.