Science and Technology Ethics

Science and Technology Ethics

Science and Technology Ethics

Science and Technology Ethics

Synopsis

This text re-examines and assesses the ethical systems in place and proposes new approaches to our scientific and engineering processes, our social contacts and our environmental responsibilities. This is a much-needed discussion of the scientific developments that have major effects on the way we live. It will be of interest to all students of science and technology and all professionals involved with administrating laws in these fields.

Excerpt

New knowledge about our world and the way it works is accumulating at an ever-increasing pace. Along with this is a burgeoning of engineering activities leading to new, improved and life-changing products. These two activities feed off one another so that we may expect the rate of change in both these areas to either maintain present levels or increase.

For example, our increasing knowledge of the way we work as human beings has spawned a profusion of guidelines as to what we should eat, how we should exercise and how we should refrain from exposing ourselves to toxic materials which could lead to heart disease, cancer or liver failure. in another area the insinuation of massively increasing computer power into the domestic environment has connected people to an abundance of information whose magnitude is almost beyond comprehension. This, and the advent of satellite and cable television, has provided individuals with an exposure to worldwide events and cultures. a consequence is that we are beginning to change the way we think about our own upbringing, traditions and way of life. Global attitudes and considerations are now on most agendas.

The ubiquity of the private car has led to enormous changes in how we behave and how we build and use our towns and cities, just as the prevalence of relatively inexpensive air travel has led to an apparent shrinking of our globe by many orders of magnitude. and the new technologies that are in the realm of our 'defence' sectors have

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