Computer Technology, the Concorde Jet Liner, and Ethics
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This paper discusses how issues of ethics in business practices in the age of increasing computer technology and the importance of managing information have come to the forefront of organizational management issues. It looks at how, in a society that now creates much of its wealth, not from hardwood products, or services, but from the use of information, the integrity of that information is imperative to the ongoing well-being of the organization. It discusses how managing ethics in the workplace holds tremendous benefit for leaders and managers and benefits both the moral and the practical factors, and how how computer ethics are constructed by the individual, but also adopted by society and the individual's environment. It uses the example of the Concorde supersonic airliner to show how an entire area of ethical considerations exists outside the arena of technological and computer ethics, such as issues of the environment, the cost / benefit ratio of the supersonic travel, and the economics of Concorde's high fuel usage when compared to other forms of transportation.
From the Paper:"The first areas shared by Concorde and the general field of computer technology are that of advancing expectations. The average desktop computer contains more computer power than the command module used on the Apollo 13 space mission. As computers evolve, and the prospect of AI is considered a possibility, ethical questions as to the expectations these advancements create begin to surface. Is it ethical for computer science to bring to the culture advancements which it is not ready to accept, or not fully equipped to manage? In light of the recent terrorist attacks, the issue of "face recognition" surveillance equipment has been considered. In a country which honors freedom and independence, the idea of a large databank of information being collected and accessed regarding my personal life every time I walk through an airport is on the Orwellian side of acceptable."
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