Ethics Session 3 - Ethics and Technology.pdf - Ethics Module Session 3 Ethics and Technology FEAA 200 Introduction to Engineering and Architecture Fall

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Session 3: Ethics and Technology FEAA 200: Introduction to Engineering and Architecture Fall 2016 Dr. Nadine Moacdieh Department of Industrial Engineering and Management September 8, 2016 Ethics Module
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Outline of this module Engineering Ethics 1. Responsibility of Engineers 2. Ethical Decision-Making 3. Ethics and Technology
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June 3, 1998: German high speed train, Intercity Express (ICE) disaster Disaster largely due to a new wheel design Old wheel caused a lot of vibration The new wheel was tested every day but using the techniques developed for the older wheel New wheel not tested at high speeds Intercity Express disaster Who is responsible?
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Who is responsible for the Intercity Express disaster? A. The designers of the wheels B. The people who tested the wheels C. The managers of the train company D. The department of transportation E. All of the above F. None of the above
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What we learned from this accident Importance of proper testing Presence of tradeoffs Risks associated with new designs Intercity Express disaster
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Design of technology is crucial for the safety and welfare of society Designing a product is a critical process Engineers and architects have a responsibility to make sure their products and projects are Safe Effective Ethics and technology
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What factors do you need to take into account? Designing a product Economic Environmental Safety Societal Global Legal
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Consider costs associated with: Materials Hiring workers Facilities Machines Transportation Maximize profit and minimize costs for you or your company Economic factors
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What factors do you need to take into account? Designing a product Economic Environmental Safety Societal Global Legal
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What is thrown away in the US 2.5 mil Plastic bottles per hour 50 mil Tons of electronic waste each year http:// webecoist.momtastic.com/2008/11/26/amazing-frightening-green-facts-environmental-statistics /
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1% Percent of Chinese that breathe air considered safe by the European Union http:// webecoist.momtastic.com/2008/11/26/amazing-frightening-green-facts-environmental-statistics /
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12 ºC Increase in temperature due to greenhouse gases by the end of 21 st century http:// webecoist.momtastic.com/2008/11/26/amazing-frightening-green-facts-environmental-statistics /
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60% Percentage of water used in agriculture that is wasted due to inefficient systems http:// webecoist.momtastic.com/2008/11/26/amazing-frightening-green-facts-environmental-statistics /
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50 mil Acres of rainforest lost every year, equal to the size of England, Scotland, and Wales http:// webecoist.momtastic.com/2008/11/26/amazing-frightening-green-facts-environmental-statistics /
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Engineers have a special responsibility towards the environment Technology can have both positive and negative effects on the environment Environmental factors Plant that pollutes the river vs. waste water treatment
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