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Unformatted text preview: TECHNOL OGY AND SOCI ETY ABET 2000 Criteria Engineering students must have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. (Criterion 6) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. (Criterion 8) a knowledge of contemporary issues. (Criterion 10) Why do engineering students and engineers resist talking about the social implications of technology? My engineering education didnt give me really a political [social] context, and it sort of denied a political context by denoting that everything was objective and quantifiable [are they the same?] and could be sort of foreseen. And if it couldnt be foreseen, we didnt measure it and we didnt take account of it.-Lisa Weve got enough to worry about [as engineers] and now weve got to worry about this.-Troy How do you react to these comments? The most mysterious word in the NSPE code Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public. What does welfare mean? safety and healthpreventive ethics welfareaspirational ethics Aspirational ethics focuses on the obligation of engineers to use their professional knowledge to promote human welfare. Welfare in the codes: The NSPE code sometimes uses well-being in place of welfare I n Case 82-5, the NSPEs Board of Ethical Review defended the right of an engineer to protest what he believed were excessive costs and time delays in a defense contract, appealing to the welfare of the public. The I EEE code refers to the importance of our technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world. The ASME code speaks of the enhancement of human welfare. The ACM code directs computing professionals to use the products of their efforts to, among other things, meet human needs. The Capabilities Approach to defining welfare (Sen, Nussbaum) 1. Lifebeing able to live to the end of a human life of normal length before the point at which it is not worth living. 2. Bodily HealthBeing able to have clean water, shelter, food. 3. Bodily I ntegrityBeing able to move about freely and safely. 4. Senses, I magination, ThoughtBeing able to use the senses, think, imagine, reason, have freedom of expression. 5. EmotionsBeing able to have attachments to things and people, to love. The Capabilities Approach to defining welfare (Sen. Nussbaum) 1. Practical ReasonBeing able to form a conception of the good life and to plan ones life....
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2011 for the course ENGR 482 taught by Professor Russell during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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