Saturday, January 20, 2007

Does innovation make us better people?

Whatever the benefits of innovations like smart objects or multi touch interaction devices, we can easily argue that human moral fiber is little improved by new technologies.

New forms of tehcnologies seem increasingly to lead to new ways of satisfying old urges. The worldwide interest in the Saddam hanging video captured by a camera cell phone is a case in point. For more food for thought, see:

My undergraduate Computer Science program from which I graduated at the dawn of the internet (not so long ago!) actually included a technology ethics course that allowed us to examine the moral implications of emerging technologies (then, the hot topic was VR). Perhaps MSIS programs like ours should consider an updated version.

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