Lecture7 - EthicalIssuesinComputer Science CSCI 328, Fall...

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1 Ethical Issues in Computer  Science   CSCI 328, Fall 2011 Session 7 Ethics in IT Societies
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2 Technology as "instrumentation of human action" Many ethical theories concerned with action or its consequences. Technology changes what people are able to do, and what they actually do. Examples: By viewing technology as the instrument, humans are still accountable for the action.
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3 AI, Robots, Etc. Autonomous entities may not be directly controlled by humans. Should they be granted moral status? Should humans be responsible for actions of autonomous agents?
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4 Example: "I, Robot" Example: Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot" stories. The three laws of robotics: 1)A robot will not harm a human, or through inaction allow a human to come to harm. 2)A robot will obey a human unless doing so violates the first law. 3)A robot must protect its own existence unless doing so violates the first or second laws.
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Features of IT Societies: Global, many-to-many scope
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Lecture7 - EthicalIssuesinComputer Science CSCI 328, Fall...

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