New Perspectives on Technology in Society: Experimentation Beyond the Laboratory

1st Edition

Ibo van de Poel, Lotte Asveld, Donna C. Mehos

Routledge
Published November 9, 2017
Reference - 244 Pages - 17 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138204010 - CAT# Y289377
Series: Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs

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Summary

The development and introduction of a new technology to society can be viewed as an experimental process, full of uncertainties, which are only gradually reduced as the technology is employed. Unexpected developments may trigger an experimental process in which society must find new ways to deal with the uncertainties posed.

This book explores how the experimental perspective determines what ethical issues new technologies raise and how it helps morally evaluate their introduction. Expert contributors highlight the uncertainties that accompany the process, identify the social and ethical challenges they give rise to, and propose strategies to manage them.

Focusing on the introduction of new technologies and experimentation as ways to perceive new developments and changing contexts, a key theme of the book is how to approach the moral issues raised by new technology and understand the role of experimentation in exploring these matters.

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