Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research

Created in 2007, this website is a superb tool for learning about the ethical dilemmas engineers face in areas such as emerging technologies, environment, safety and sustainability, and responsible research. Visitors can learn about various ethical dilemmas via the site’s collection of “Cases”, “Essays & Articles”, “Instructional Resources”, and “Other Resources”. The “Cases” link contains a fascinating collection of historical cases, hypothetical cases, fictionalized cases, numerical problems, and scenarios. Visitors will find cases that address a killer robot, reverse engineering, Internet privacy, and the real case of a “computerized radiation therapy machine and its software flaws, which caused massive overdoses to patients.” The “Instructional Resources” link provides various university syllabi for courses on computers and the Internet, as well as a syllabus for a course for both young people and senior citizens which addresses the future of technology. Visitors will also find an informational article on the misuse of emerging technologies, entitled “Antibiotic Resistance and Dual Use”. [KMG]

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