We can make anything - should we?

Bateman, Chris ORCID: 0000-0003-1627-8392 (2015) We can make anything - should we? In: White, Jeff and Searle, Rick, (eds.) Rethinking machine ethics in the age of ubiquitous technology. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 15-29. ISBN 9781466685925

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What limitations are we willing to accept on our development of new technologies? The shared sense among a great many of the idealistic supporters of our ever-growing range of tools and abilities is that the acquisition of knowledge is always a positive gain for the entirety of humanity, and that therefore there should be no (or few) restrictions on continued technology research. This mythology, which descends from the arrival of exclusive Humanism from the Enlightenment onwards, has become one of the greatest moral and prudential threats to human existence because it removes the possibility of accurately assessing the moral implications of our technology. Against this prevailing ethos of unbounded technological incrementalism, this essay uses the pejorative term cyberfetish to mark our dependence upon, and inability to accurately assess, our technology

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This chapter was published as Chapter 2 in White, J., & Searle, R. (2015). Rethinking Machine Ethics in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology Copyright © 2015 IGI Global.
Divisions: School of Creative Technologies > Games Computing and software engineering
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 10:23
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2018 10:03
Identification Number: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8592-5
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/789

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