Morality and Machines: Perspectives on Computer Ethics

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2002 - Business & Economics - 522 pages
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Morality and Machines, Second Edition examines the moral issues that emerge from the influence of computers and technology on society today. The text provides an ethical foundation upon which readers can develop informed opinions about software piracy, computer crimes, artificial intelligence and more. With in-depth analysis of current moral and social problems, this text is an ideal resource for readers interested in philosophy, technological sciences, and computer ethics. This book is unique in that it takes seriously the need to lay a sound ethical basis for dealing with the technology of computers. The first two chapters of the book take on various positions that challenge the possibility of ethics and meet them head-on with counterarguments. The possibility of a viable ethics having been defended, Chapter 3 examines the most promising approaches to ethics, so that the explorer in the new realm with have appropriate tools and, if necessary, weapons at hand. At the end of the chapter, suggestions are given for approaching any ethical problem. Once armed, the adventurer is ready to investigate the various parts of the new country, described in the remaining chapters of the book.

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Ethical Decision Making 13
The Modern View of Reason 22
Is Ethics Possible? 33
The Search for a Basis for Ethics 55
Software Piracy Property and Protection 99
Computer Crime 167
Computer Intruders Viruses and All That 201
Computers the Government
Some Dissenting Voices 418
The Artificial Intelligensia
The Turing Test 447
Artificial Intelligence and Ethics 454
Virtual Reality 462
References and Recommended Readings 469
Appendix A 477

Privacy 253
Carnivore 273
Errors and Reliability 293
The Computer World of Work 323
Responsibility Liability Law and Professional
Appendix B 485
Organizational Leadership Imperatives 492
Index 507

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SUNY, Geneseo, New York

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