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USMAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Hamdard University HS201 Engineering Ethics Week 03
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Are you responsible? case You are an engineer at International Programmable Machines (IPM), which makes computers. You are visiting a manufacturing plant of one of IPM’s suppliers, which sells parts to IPM and other companies. You notice that a non-IPM system is not properly grounded, and it could cause an electrical shock. What should you do? For what reasons? 2
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Software errors in the Therac-25 resulted in deaths In the early 1980s, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited made the Therac-25 cancer radiation treatment machine Between 1985 and 1987, radiation overdoses by the Therac-25 caused severe burns, which killed three patients and seriously injured three others Who was responsible? 3
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What are different kinds of personal responsibility? Causal Operators’ keyboard entries caused the overdoses Role Software engineers developed and tested the control program, but overlooked errors Legal The manufacturer was liable for damages Moral Unlike others, can be shared 4
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Engineers are morally responsible for safety “Engineers … shall hold paramount the safety,
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2011 for the course ETHIC el 201 taught by Professor Pl during the Spring '11 term at Uni San Francisco de Quito.

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