This section of the OEC contains cases, essays, ethical guidelines, and other materials bearing on the specific ethical issues arising from numerous emerging technologies. It addresses the professional responsibilities of engineers and scientists ranging over numerous fields.
The materials themselves vary significantly in structure. Some are discussion cases that present open-ended situations requiring a response. Some are descriptions of completed actions. Some of these are actual cases such as the David LaMacchia case or Therac-25 case. Many cases are at least loosely based on real incidents, in order to give a realistic impression of the moral problems that face engineers and scientists.