11 April 2009

IT viewed through a moral prism

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Moral prism
An EU-wide study of emerging technologies led by Leicester’s De Montfort University aims to alert policy makers to any potential social and ethical problems

New technology is changing the way we live and work so quickly that it is easy to overlook the social and ethical implications of each new development. […]

So a two-year research project to identify emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) and assess any associated ethical pitfalls could be seen as a timely initiative. The Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications (ETICA) project, led by Leicester’s De Montfort University, seeks to minimise the risks associated with technologies likely to enter common use over the next 10 to 15 years. […]

Some of the technologies being considered by the ETICA team are already fairly left-field, such as ambient intelligence and emotional computing.

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