Society, Ethics, and Technology / Edition 5

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From today's headlines to your textbook, SOCIETY, ETHICS, AND TECHNOLOGY, Fifth Edition, explores the cutting edge of technological innovation and how these advances represent profound moral dilemmas for society as a whole. You will build a strong foundation in theory and applied ethics as you are challenged to examine critically the social effects of technology in your daily life. This timely anthology, filled with cutting-edge work from prominent scholars and thinkers, focuses on current technological issues and ethical debates. Insightful introductions and focus questions before each piece help put readings in context and to establish frameworks for ethical decision-making. The readings examine the consequences of technological change from a variety of historical, social, and philosophical perspectives. Special coverage of the history of technology focuses on ground-breaking developments, as well as the technological underpinnings of contemporary globalization. New articles examine the impact of contemporary technological advances, such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and social media. In addition, the book explores the future of technology in such areas as human rights, overpopulation, biotechnology, information technology, climate change, and the environment.
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"This text will be especially helpful while instructing ethics in a information technology class."

"This text is a rich and varied anthology dealing with the relationships between technology, society and ethics from both historical and contemporary perspectives."


"Balanced, comprehensive compendium."

A reader for an undergraduate course which fosters an understanding of the role that science and technology play in shaping modern society and provides students with a method for evaluating the benefits and risks associated with technological change. Selections in Part I convey general perspectives on historical, social, and philosophical aspects of technology, while those in Part II deal with several issues in specific fields. Selections are accompanied by brief introductions and focus questions. Lacks a subject index. Winston and Edelbach are affiliated with The College of New Jersey. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133943556
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/16/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 463,128
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Morton Winston is a professor of philosophy and chairman of the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies at the College of New Jersey. He teaches classes in bioethics, political philosophy, ethical theory, philosophy of technology, environmental ethics, genocide, and human rights. He has published several books and numerous articles on topics related to human rights, applied ethics, and cognitive science. Professor Winston has received three Fulbright Scholarships, to South Africa, Thailand, and Denmark, and has served as the chairman of the board of directors of Amnesty International.

Ralph Edelbach is an associate professor of technological studies at the College of New Jersey. He teaches classes on ethics and technology and is president of the College of New Jersey Federation of Teachers, Local 2364, AFT.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Morton Winston, "Children of Invention Revisited". PART I. 1.1 History. James Burke, "The Pinball Effect." Steven Johnson, "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation." Arthur Donovan, "Containerization and Globalization." Rosalind Williams, "History as Technological Change." 1.2 Society. Richard Sclove, "I'd Hammer Out Freedom: Technology as Politics." Andrew Feenberg, "Democratic Rationalization." Sheila Jasanoff, "Technologies of Humility." Judy Wajcman, "Addressing Technological Change: The Challenge to Social Theory." 1.3 Ethics. Hans Jonas, "Technology and Responsibility: Reflections on the New Task of Ethics." Michael Davis, 'Ain't no one here but us social forces': Constructing the Professional Responsibility of Engineers. "David Strong, Technological Subversion. "Deborah Johnson and Thomas Powers, "Ethics and Technology: A Program for Future Research". PART II. 2.1 Security & Surveillance. Max Boot, "The Consequences of the Information Revolution". Rebecca MacKinnon, "Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom." Jay Stanley and Barry Steinhardt, "Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains: The Growth of an American Surveillance Society." James Stacey Taylor, "In Praise of Big Brother: Why We Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Some. Government Surveillance." 2.2 Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Abigail Tucker, "Birth of a Robot." Rodney Brooks, "Us and Them." Jeff Hawkins, "On Intelligence." Stephen Baker, "Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything." 2.3 Nanotechnology. Armin Grunwald, "Nanotechnology: A New Field of Ethical Inquiry?" James Hughes, "Global Technology Regulation." Bill Joy, "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us." Ray Kurzweil, "Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, and Ethics: Promise and Peril". 2.4 Internet & Social Media. Lori Andrews, "I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy." Nicholas Carr, "Is Google Making Us Stupid." Lawrence Lessig, "Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy." Clay Shirky, "The Political Power of Social Media: Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change." 2.5 Biotech and Genetic Engineering. Francis Fukuyama, "Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution." Mark Hanson, "Patenting Genes and Life: Improper Commodification?" Leon Kass, "Preventing a Brave New World: Why We Should Ban Human Cloning." Michael Sandel, "The Case against Perfection." 2.6 Population, Environment, & Climate Change. Donald Aitken, "Global Warming, Rapid Climate Change, and Renewable Energy Solutions for Gaia." Amory Lovins, "A Farewell to Fossil Fuels." David Fridley, "Nine Challenges of Alternative Energy." Jeffrey Sachs, "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet."
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