Computer ethics: its birth and its future.

Date

2001-01-01

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

1572-8439

Volume Title

Publisher

Springer Verlag

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Abstract

Description

This paper discusses some “historical milestones” in computer ethics, as well as two alternative visions of the future of computer ethics. Topics include the impressive foundation for computer ethics laid down by Norbert Wiener in the 1940s and early 1950s; the pioneering efforts of Donn Parker, Joseph Weizenbaum and Walter Maner in the 1970s; Krystyna Gorniak's hypothesis that computer ethics will evolve into “global ethics”; and Deborah Johnson's speculation that computer ethics may someday “disappear”. The paper established the author as a historian for the field leading to his entry in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-computer/).

Keywords

RAE 2008, UoA 23 Computer Science and Informatics

Citation

Bynum, T.W. (2001) Computer ethics: Its birth and its future. Ethics and Information Technology, 3(2), pp. 109-112.

Rights

Research Institute