Computing and Technology Ethics
Engaging through Science Fiction
504 pp., 8 x 9 in, 3
- Published: February 14, 2023
A new approach to teaching computing and technology ethics using science fiction stories.
Should autonomous weapons be legal? Will we be cared for by robots in our old age? Does the efficiency of online banking outweigh the risk of theft? From communication to travel to medical care, computing technologies have transformed our daily lives, for better and for worse. But how do we know when a new development comes at too high a cost? Using science fiction stories as case studies of ethical ambiguity, this engaging textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to ethical theory and its application to contemporary developments in technology and computer science.
Computing and Technology Ethics first introduces the major ethical frameworks: deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, communitarianism, and the modern responses of responsibility ethics, feminist ethics, and capability ethics. It then applies these frameworks to many of the modern issues arising in technology ethics including privacy, computing, and artificial intelligence. A corresponding anthology of science fiction brings these quandaries to life and challenges students to ask ethical questions of themselves and their work.
• Uses science fiction case studies to make ethics education engaging and fun
• Trains students to recognize, evaluate, and respond to ethical problems as they arise
• Features anthology of short stories from internationally acclaimed writers including Ken Liu, Elizabeth Bear, Paolo Bacigalupi, and T. C. Boyle to animate ethical challenges in computing technology
• Written by interdisciplinary author team of computer scientists and ethical theorists
• Includes a robust suite of instructor resources, such as pedagogy guides, story frames, and reflection questions
An astonishing achievement. Weaving science fiction into the clearest and richest introduction to the subject I've encountered, this book opens up thrilling new ways to teach.
Shannon Vallor, University of Edinburgh, author of Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting
This inviting, incisive, and broad introductory textbook creatively uses science fiction to illuminate how we can use ethics and computer technologies to bring about a future worth wanting.
Vance Ricks, Associate Teaching Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science, Northeastern University