Dangerous Master
About the Book
We live in an age of awesome technological potential. From nanotechnology to synthetic organisms, new technologies stand to revolutionize whole domains of human experience. But with awesome potential comes awesome risk: drones can deliver a bomb as readily as they can a new smartphone; makers and hackers can 3D-print guns as well as tools; and supercomputers can short-circuit Wall Street just as easily as they can manage your portfolio. One thing these technologies can’t do is answer the profound moral issues they raise. Who should be held accountable when they go wrong? What responsibility do we, as creators and users, have for the technologies we build? In A Dangerous Master, ethicist Wendell Wallach tackles such difficult questions with hard-earned authority, imploring both producers and consumers to face the moral ambiguities arising from our rapid technological growth. There is no doubt that scientific research and innovation are a source of promise and productivity, but, as Wallach, argues, technological development is at risk of becoming a juggernaut beyond human control. Examining the players, institutions, and values lobbying against meaningful regulation of everything from autonomous robots to designer drugs, A Dangerous Master proposes solutions for regaining control of our technological destiny.
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780465058624
Publisher: Basic Books
Acedemic Level: English
Book Type: English
Depth: 38
Height: 248 mm
Is LeadingArticle: Y
LCCN: 2015297288
No of Pages: 328
Spine Width: 35 mm
Width: 165 mm
ISBN-10: 0465058620
Publisher Date: 02 Jun 2015
Continuations: English
Dewey: 170
Illustration: Y
Language: English
MediaMail: Y
PrintOnDemand: N
Sub Title: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control