Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

How should we control the development of technology?

How should we control the development of technology?

Technology must be harnessed for the good of humanity and the planet.

Technology must be harnessed for the good of humanity and the planet.

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Making It Useful Even When It Seems to Be Useless

October 13, 2018

Technology has provided the source of intrinsically liberating devices, even if a number of them have proved themselves to be lethal. All this is precisely what defines the technological endeavors that constitute the backbone of our civilization.

Ethics of Robotic Deception

October 9, 2018
AUTHOR: Ronald C. Arkin
FILED UNDER: Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Ethics, Magazine Articles, Robotics

The time of robotic deception is rapidly approaching. We are being bombarded regarding the inherent ethical dangers of the approaching robotics and AI revolution, but far less concern has been expressed about the potential for robots to deceive human beings.

BOOK REVIEW: The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography

September 30, 2018
AUTHOR: A. David Wunsch
FILED UNDER: Book Reviews, Entries, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

Peter Buse, in his The Camera Does the Rest, stakes out different territory. His focus is on the social meaning of the Polaroid camera: how did it change photography? How were the cameras used? And how did Land intend them to be used — a concept that often differed from their actual use.

 

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In Professionals We Trust—Or Do We?

October 1, 2018
AUTHOR: Karl Stephan
FILED UNDER: Blog Posts, Health & Medical, Human Impacts

Originally published in The Engineering Ethics blog, August 6, 2018.  In a recent New York Times opinion piece, science journalist Melinda Wenner…  Read More