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Sometimes referred to as macro ethics, these are broad ethical and social issues in engineering and science that call for the collective social responsibility of the science and engineering professions and societal decisions about research, practice, and technology.

Ethics and Society
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    Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security is a study on the ethical, legal, and societal issues relating to the research on, development of, and use of rapidly changing technologies with low barriers of entry that have potential military application, such as information ...
    Authoring Institution The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Year 2014
  • Applied and Anticipatory Ethics: Research in Engineering and Information Computer Technology Ethics


    Anticipatory Ethics; Applied Ethics; Interdisciplinary Ethics; Technology Ethics; Engineering Ethics; Anticipatory Engineering Ethics; Engineering and Science Ethics; Anticipatory Engineering and Science Ethics; Business Ethics; Anticipatory Business Ethics; Informational Computer Technology and Business Ethics; Computer Science Ethics; Anticipatory Computer Science Ethics; Information Computer Technology Ethics; Anticipatory Information Computer Technology Ethics; Cyber Security Ethics; Anticipatory Cyber Security Ethics; Medical Ethics; Information and Computer Technology Ethics; Anticipatory Medical Ethics; Interdisciplinary Ethics; Anticipatory Interdisciplinary Ethics; Ethics of Business and Engineering; Anticipatory Ethics of Business and Engineering; Ethics of Medicine and Business; Anticipatory Ethics of Medicine and Business; Ethics of Medicine and Engineering; Anticipatory Ethics of Medicine and Engineering; Ethics of ICT and Medicine; Anticipatory Ethics of ICT and Medicine; Law and Ethics of Technology.

    This project presents the work of the project lead, his co-author, and his students with the explicit goal of performing an exploratory analysis that involves applying ethical principles, codes of ethics, and at times legal distinctions to several case studies. The work presented here is meant to be studied, critiqued, and developed into further research.

  • Added12/13/2016


    Robotics is a branch of science and engineering that develops particular kinds of automated machines for a very wide variety of purposes. The fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science are most directly involved with the design, construction, operation, and ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
Cite this page: "Ethics and Society" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 9/18/2015 OEC Accessed: Sunday, July 14, 2019 <>