Abstract

We now live in an era that many scientists are beginning to refer to as the "Anthropocene" - roughly translated as the Age of Humans. The anthropogenic Earth is characterized by integrated built/human/natural systems of extraordinary complexity. Technology and technology systems are important dimensions of virtually all of these systems, an important observation because foundational technologies, especially information and communication technologies, are exhibiting accelerating rates of change. This not only means that the future paths of these systems are highly uncertain and unpredictable, but that both cultural and institutional systems, including ethical systems, are increasingly contingent and uncertain. This creates a need for a new ethical capability: real time macroethical assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS - Tempe, AZ, United States
Duration: May 18 2009May 20 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS

Other

Other2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS
CountryUnited States
CityTempe, AZ
Period5/18/095/20/09

Keywords

  • Emerging technologies
  • Ethics
  • Ethics and sustainability
  • Macroethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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