Preparing for Ethical Judgment in Techno-Anthropology, Techno-Science and Engineering

T. Børsen*

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The author has suggested a tool to identify ethical dilemmas and to carry out ethical judgment regarding new and emergent technologies. The tool highlights the following items: • Problematize explicitly formulated intentions by asking • If they are ethical, ideological, or not likely to materialise? • Can the technology be misused for unethical purposes (dual use)? • Procedures for ethical decision-making/conduct • Is individuals' autonomy, dignity or authenticity violated? • What processes for ethical decision-making has been followed? • What are the expected consequences? • Are they beneficial or socially just? • Are they short term or long term? Are they certain or uncertain? • What are the potential long term cultural or biological effects? This analytical framework must be balanced by a number of cases. The author would like to suggest that the presented analytical framework can be used in all science and engineering programs if it is complemented by a number cases obtained from the specific discipline in which it is embedded.

Original languageEnglish
Publication date1 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event41st SEFI Conference 2013 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 16 Sept 201320 Sept 2013


Conference41st SEFI Conference 2013
SponsorCargill, Dassault Systemes, Elia, et al., MathWorks, Solvay


  • Science and engineering education
  • Social responsibility
  • Techno-anthropology
  • Technology ethics


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