Ethical systems in an age of accelerating technological evolution

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Abstract

The Industrial Revolution and associated economic, demographic, technological and cultural changes have resulted in what many scientists are beginning to refer to as "the Anthropocene" - roughly translated, the Age of Humans. Part of the social response to this development is increasing concern about fundamental technological systems, including information and communication technologies ("ICT") and ICT infrastructure. While individual engineering decisions are governed by a clear set of professional ethics, many of the questions raised about ICT systems, such as the effect of the Internet on adolescents or the existence and meaning of the "digital divide" between rich and poor, arise at levels of the systems which are not addressed by codes of ethics that govern individual behavior. Accordingly, there is a need to develop the capability for "macroethics," or ethical systems that address issues arising from the high level emergent behaviors exhibited by these complex ICT systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment - Conference Record
Pages42-44
Number of pages3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 22 2006
Event2006 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment - Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Duration: May 8 2006May 11 2006

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment
Volume2006

Other

Other2006 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment
CountryUnited States
CityScottsdale, AZ
Period5/8/065/11/06

Keywords

  • ICT
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Macroethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Allenby, B. (2006). Ethical systems in an age of accelerating technological evolution. In Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment - Conference Record (pp. 42-44). [1650029] (IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment; Vol. 2006). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISEE.2006.1650029