Fundamental problems[ edit ] It is often held that technology itself is incapable of possessing moral or ethical qualities, since "technology" is merely tool making. Another view is that each piece of technology is endowed with and radiating ethical commitments all the time, given to it by those that made it, and those that decided how it must be made and used. The ethical questions that are exacerbated by the ways in which technology extends or curtails the power of individuals—how standard ethical questions are changed by the new powers. In the former case, ethics of such things as computer security and computer viruses asks whether the very act of innovation is an ethically right or wrong act. Similarly, does a scientist have an ethical obligation to produce or fail to produce a nuclear weapon?
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Fundamental problems[ edit ] It is often held that technology itself is incapable of possessing moral or ethical qualities, since "technology" is merely tool making. Another view is that each piece of technology is endowed with and radiating ethical commitments all the time, given to it by those that made it, and those that decided how it must be made and used.
The ethical questions that are exacerbated by the ways in which technology extends or curtails the power of individuals—how standard ethical questions are changed by the new powers. In the former case, ethics of such things as computer security and computer viruses asks whether the very act of innovation is an ethically right or wrong act.
Similarly, does a scientist have an ethical obligation to produce or fail to produce a nuclear weapon? What are the ethical questions surrounding the production of technologies that waste or conserve energy and resources? What are the ethical questions surrounding the production of new manufacturing processes that might inhibit employment, or might inflict suffering in the third world? In the latter case, the ethics of technology quickly break down into the ethics of various human endeavors as they are altered by new technologies.
For example, bioethics is now largely consumed with questions that have been exacerbated by the new life-preserving technologies, new cloning technologies, and new technologies for implantation. In law , the right of privacy is being continually attenuated by the emergence of new forms of surveillance and anonymity.
The old ethical questions of privacy and free speech are given new shape and urgency in an Internet age. Such tracing devices as RFID , biometric analysis and identification, genetic screening , all take old ethical questions and amplify their significance. Technoethics[ edit ] Technoethics TE is an interdisciplinary research area that draws on theories and methods from multiple knowledge domains such as communications, social sciences information studies, technology studies, applied ethics, and philosophy to provide insights on ethical dimensions of technological systems and practices for advancing a technological society.
Typically, scholars in technoethics have a tendency to conceptualize technology and ethics as interconnected and embedded in life and society. Technoethics denotes a broad range of ethical issues revolving around technology — from specific areas of focus affecting professionals working with technology to broader social, ethical, and legal issues concerning the role of technology in society and everyday life.
Humans cannot be separated from these technologies because it is an inherent part of consciousness and meaning in life therefore, requiring an ethical model.
With technology continuing to advance over time, there are now new Technoethics issues that come into play. For instance, discussions on genetically modified organisms GMOs have brought about a huge concern for technology, ethics and safety. With robots coming into the picture, they will become a part of the human race in order to as we continue to put our trust in them.
Definitions[ edit ] Using theories and methods from multiple domains, technoethics provides insights on ethical aspects of technological systems and practices, examines technology-related social policies and interventions, and provides guidelines for how to ethically use new advancements in technology.
With the advent of the industrial revolution , it was easy to see that technological advances were going to influence human activity. This is why they put emphasis on the responsible use of technology. The term "technoethics" was coined in by the philosopher Mario Bunge to describe the responsibilities of technologists and scientists to develop ethics as a branch of technology.
Bunge argued that the current state of technological progress was guided by ungrounded practices based on limited empirical evidence and trial-and-error learning. He recognized that "the technologist must be held not only technically but also morally responsible for whatever he designs or executes: not only should his artifacts be optimally efficient but, far from being harmful, they should be beneficial, and not only in the short run but also in the long term.
Societal views of technology were changing; people were becoming more critical of the developments that were occurring and scholars were emphasizing the need to understand and to take a deeper look and study the innovations. Associations were uniting scholars from different disciplines to study the various aspects of technology. The main disciplines being philosophy , social sciences and science and technology studies STS. Though many technologies were already focused on ethics, each technology discipline was separated from each other, despite the potential for the information to intertwine and reinforce itself.
As technologies became increasingly developed in each discipline, their ethical implications paralleled their development, and became increasingly complex. Each branch eventually became united, under the term technoethics, so that all areas of technology could be studied and researched based on existing, real-world examples and a variety of knowledge, rather than just discipline-specific knowledge.
Ethics theories[ edit ] Technoethics involves the ethical aspects of technology within a society that is shaped by technology. This brings up a series of social and ethical questions regarding new technological advancements and new boundary crossing opportunities. Utilitarianism focused on results and consequences rather than rules. It focuses on the rightness of actions instead of the consequences, focusing on what an individual should do.
By practicing honing honest and generous behavior, Aristotle, the philosopher of this theory believes that people will then make the right choice when faced with an ethical decision. Therefore, ethical communication is the core substance to maintain healthy relationships. Technik is the totality of processes, machines, tools and systems employed in the practical arts and Engineering.
Webber popularized it when it was used in broader fields. Mumford said it was underlying a civilization. Known as: before Eotechnic, in Paleoethnic and in Neoethnic. Place it at the center of social life in close connection to social progress and societal change. Mumford says that a machine cannot be divorced from its larger social pattern, for it is the pattern that gives it meaning and purpose.
Rapid advances in technology provoked a negative reaction from scholars who saw technology as a controlling force in society with the potential to destroy how people live Technological Determinism. Heidegger warned people that technology was dangerous in that it exerted control over people through its mediating effects, thus limiting authenticity of experience in the world that defines life and gives life meaning. There are multiple concrete examples that have illustrated the need to consider ethical dilemmas in relation to technological innovations.
Beginning in the s influenced by the British eugenic movement, the Nazis conduct " racial hygiene " experiments causing widespread, global anti-eugenic sentiment. In the s the first satellite Sputnik 1 orbited the earth, the Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant was the first nuclear power plant to be opened, the American nuclear tests take place.
The s brought about the first manned moon landing , ARPANET created which leads to the later creation of the Internet , first heart transplantation completed, and the Telstar communications satellite is launched. The 70s , 80s , 90s , s and s also brought multiple developments. Technological consciousness[ edit ] Technological consciousness is the relationship between humans and technology.
Technology is seen as an integral component of human consciousness and development. Technology, consciousness and society are intertwined in a relational process of creation that is key to human evolution. Technology is rooted in the human mind, and is made manifest in the world in the form of new understandings and artifacts. The process of technological consciousness frames the inquiry into ethical responsibility concerning technology by grounding technology in human life.
The structure of technological consciousness is relational but also situational, organizational, aspectual and integrative. Technological consciousness situates new understandings by creating a context of time and space. As well, technological consciousness organizes disjointed sequences of experience under a sense of unity that allows for a continuity of experience. The aspectual component of technological consciousness recognizes that individuals can only be conscious of aspects of an experience, not the whole thing.
For this reason, technology manifests itself in processes that can be shared with others. The integrative characteristics of technological consciousness are assimilation, substitution and conversation.
Assimilation allows for unfamiliar experiences to be integrated with familiar ones. Substitution is a metaphorical process allowing for complex experiences to be codified and shared with others — for example, language. The first misunderstanding is that consciousness is only in the head when according to Luppicini, consciousness is not only in the head meaning that "[c]onsciousness is responsible for the creation of new conscious relations wherever imagined, be it in the head, on the street or in the past.
Technology is a part of consciousness as "the conceptualization of technology has gone through drastic changes. This understanding will most likely alter how both patients and psychologists deal with the trials and tribunes of living with technology. This realization shifts the focus on technology to its origins within the human mind as explained through the theory of technological consciousness.
Ethical challenges arise in many different situations, Human knowledge processes Workplace discrimination Strained work life balance in technologically enhanced work environments: Many people find that simply having the technology to allow you to do work while at home increases stress levels. For instance, by not answering non-urgent work matters over the weekends or on holiday, unless an urgent matter. Developing countries do not have the same opportunities as developed countries to invest in costly large-scale research and expensive research facilities and instrumentation Organizational responsibility and accountability issues Intellectual property issues: When is comes to intellectual property in order to ethically own something it must be represented on a tangible device such as putting a design on paper.
Cutler says that there is the perception that older workers lack experience with new technology and that retaining programs may be less effective and more expensive for older workers. Cascio says that there is a growth of virtual organizations. Doucet calls for city empowerment to have the courage and foresight to make decisions that are acceptable to its inhabitants rather that succumb to global consumer capitalism and the forces of international corporations on national and local governments  Scientific and technological innovations that have transformed organizational life within a global economy have also supplanted human autonomy and control in work within a technologically oriented workplace The persuasive potential of technology raises the question of "how sensitive The advent of virtual organizations and telework has bolstered ethical problems by providing more opportunities for fraudulent behaviour and the production of misinformation.
Concerted efforts are required to uphold ethical values in advancing new knowledge and tools within societal relations which do not exclude people or limit liberties of some people at the expense of others  Artificial Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence seems to be the one of the most talked of challenges when it comes ethics. In order to avoid these ethical challenges some solutions have been established; first and for most it should be developed for the common good and benefit of humanity.
There are ethical considerations surrounding the artist, producer, end user, and the country are intertwined. Not to mention the relationships with other countries and the impact on the use or no use of content housed in their countries. Overall, technoethics forces the "big picture" approach to all discussions on technology in society.
Although time consuming, this "big picture" approach offers some level of reassurance when considering that any law put in place could drastically alter the way we interact with our technology and thus the direction of work and innovation in the country.
The use of copyrighted material to create new content is a hotly debated topic. A moral conflict is created between those who believe that copyright protects any unauthorized use of content, and those who maintain that sampling and mash-ups are acceptable musical styles and, though they use portions of copyrighted material, the end result is a new creative piece which is the property of the creator, and not of the original copyright holder. Whether or not the mashup genre should be allowed to use portions of copyrighted material to create new content is one which is currently under debate.
Many people[ vague ] are exploiting the facilities and anonymity that modern technologies offer in order to commit multiple criminal activities. Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing areas of crime. This screening technology comes in two forms, millimeter wave technology MM-wave technology or backscatter X-rays similar to x-rays used by dentists. Full-body scanners were introduced into airports to increase security and improve the quality of screening for objects such as weapons or explosives due to an increase of terrorist attacks involving airplanes occurring in the early s.
Ethical concerns of both travelers and academic groups include fear of humiliation due to the disclosure of anatomic or medical details, exposure to a low level of radiation in the case of backscatter X-ray technology , violation of modesty and personal privacy , clarity of operating procedures, the use of this technology to discriminate against groups, and potential misuse of this technology for reasons other than detecting concealed objects.
Also people with religious beliefs that require them to remain physically covered arms, legs, face etc. The Centre for Society, Science and Citizenship have discussed their ethical concerns including the ones mentioned above and suggest recommendations for the use of this technology in their report titled "Whole Body Imaging at airport checkpoints: the ethical and policy context" Now that most people carry on the person a cell, the authorities have the ability to constantly know the location of a large majority of citizens.
The ethical discussion now can be framed from a legal perspective. As discussed in article by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, "GPS and privacy", that a growing number of employers are installing geolocation technologies in " company vehicles , equipment and cellphones" Hein, Both academia and unions are finding these new powers of employers to be indirect contradiction with civil liberties. This changing relationship between employee and employer because of the integration of GPS technology into popular society is demonstrating a larger ethical discussion on what are appropriate privacy levels.
This discussion will only become more prevalent as the technology becomes more popular. Even commonplace genetically modified crops like corn raise questions of the ecological consequences of unintended cross pollination , potential horizontal gene transfer , and other unforeseen health concerns for humans and animals.
These zebrafish , genetically modified to appear in several fluorescent colours and sold as pets in the United States, could have unforeseen effects on freshwater environments were they ever to breed in the wild. There are health and environmental concerns associated with the introduction any new GMO, but more importantly this scenario highlights the potential economic impact a new product may have.
Ethics And Technology : Controversies, Questions, And Strategies For Ethical Computing
During the infancy of computer technology, ethical issues concerning computer technology were almost nonexistent because computers back then were not as multifaceted as they are today. This new fashion is no longer constricted to one continent; it is global. Nor is it constricted to one construct; technology converges ever more rapidly. It is estimated that 3, jobs at AEC will be eliminated when the new technology is implemented during the next six months.
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Three Distinct Perspectives 12 1. The Lessig Ethicx 9. We can notify you when this item is back in stock. The author examines issues from a social science perspective, from a philosophical perspective, and from a computing professional perspective, and then he suggests ways to integrate these diverse approaches. Ethics and Technology : Herman T. Tavani : Making an Exception for Oneself 48 2.