Ethics of Emerging Technology

HNR 360 - Ethics of Emerging Technology

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2020
Class #: 33692
Section: M004
Credits: 3

Himmelreich,Johannes R

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
TuTh 02:00pm-03:20pm

Bowne Hall 306D

Course Description:

Technologies such as gene editing, self-driving cars and robots that care for the elderly will likely be available within the coming decades. These will add to existing technologies such as smart phones, cameras, and other sensors, which have already altered the social landscape that we inhabit. At the same time, increases in data and computing power are changing advertising, criminal justice and many other domains. In this course, we will identify and examine the challenges that arise from emerging technologies. The course offers students an introduction to ethical reasoning and normative theorizing that is motivated by recent discussions of emerging technologies. We will draw from the perspectives and traditions of moral and political philosophy to look at issues such as surveillance technology, social media, risk scoring, self-driving cars, care bots and gene editing. From this philosophical viewpoint, students will engage with concepts such as privacy, justice, fairness, care and human flourishing. The course aims to train students to use philosophical frameworks to analyze issues raised by emerging technologies and to equip them with key conceptual distinctions to engage arguments in existing debates, and to develop and articulate their own views.