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Technology Ethics

Ethics in technology is a sub-field of ethics addressing the ethical questions specific to the Technology Age. Some prominent works of philosopher-Jonasare devoted to the ethics of technology. Ethics of Technology is ethics applied to technical domains and domains depending heavily on technology. It is often held that technology itself is incapable of possessing moral or ethical qualities; since “technology” is merely tool making. But many now believe that each piece of technology is ‘endowed with and radiating ethical commitments all the time, given to it by those that made it, and those that decided how it must be made and used. The reason technology ethics is growing in prominence is that new technologies give us more power to act, which means that we have to make choices we didn’t have to make before. Whether merely a lifeless amoral ‘tool’ or a solidified embodiment of human values “ethics of technology” refers to two basic subdivisions:

  1. The ethics involved in the development of new technology whether it is always, never, or contextually right or wrong to invent and implement a technological innovation.
  2. The ethical questions that are exacerbated by .the ways in which technology extends or curtails the power of individuals – how standard ethical questions are changed by the new powers.
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