By Wendell Wallach
We are living in an age of remarkable technological capability. From nanotechnology to artificial organisms, new applied sciences stand to revolutionize entire domain names of human adventure. yet with impressive capability comes extraordinary probability: drones can convey a bomb as simply as they could a brand new cellphone; makers and hackers can 3D-print weapons in addition to instruments; and supercomputers can short-circuit Wall highway simply as simply as they can deal with your portfolio.One factor those applied sciences cannot do is resolution the profound ethical concerns they bring up. Who might be held dependable after they get it wrong? What accountability do. Read more...
summary: we are living in an age of remarkable technological strength. From nanotechnology to man made organisms, new applied sciences stand to revolutionize entire domain names of human event. yet with amazing strength comes remarkable probability: drones can carry a bomb as without difficulty as they could a brand new phone; makers and hackers can 3D-print weapons in addition to instruments; and supercomputers can short-circuit Wall road simply as simply as they could deal with your portfolio.One factor those applied sciences cannot do is solution the profound ethical concerns they bring up. Who might be held responsible after they get it wrong? What accountability do
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Extra info for A dangerous master : how to keep technology from slipping beyond our control
Are we each now expected to become technology’s “good servant”? I share in the disquiet over the trajectory of scientific discovery and technological development. However, I am also fascinated by what is actually being discovered and anxious to witness what scientists and engineers can create. Embracing the tension inherent in these two attitudes functions as a guiding force. From my perch in the field of technology and ethics, I am privileged to have time to explore innovative strategies to keep technology from slipping beyond our control.
Collectively, all these concerns increase opportunities for tragedies in which a newly deployed technology is complicit. Not only is it increasingly difficult to assess the risks of emerging technologies; even having realistic conversations can be a challenge. In emerging fields of research, endless speculation and hype foster the illusion of inevitable progress on both laudable and anxiety-provoking fronts. Yet even commonly repeated possibilities such as personalized medicine, designer babies, brain simulations, and smarter-than-human computers and robots will be extremely difficult to fully realize.
For example, surveillance cameras and data mining ostensibly enhance security while simultaneously undermining freedom and privacy. S. K. apparently seem quite willing to accept the trade-off. Given these trade-offs for substantial benefits, the risks of even disruptive technologies are often judged acceptable. But which stakeholders should be consulted before the judgment is made as to whether the trade-offs are truly justified? And who should make the final determination? A Dangerous Master examines the challenge of predicting and managing the potential harms that result from the adoption of emerging technologies, and weighs those against the anticipated benefits.