Engineering Ethics: Challenges for Innovation, Technology, and Society
Presenter: Sujata K. Bhatia, MD, PhD, PE
Date: Tuesday June 7, 2022 at 5:30 PM
The key question for the engineer is: What kind of society am I creating? As engineers, we cannot confuse technological advancement with ethical progress.If we fail to do so, then we are in danger of becoming “tools of our tools,” in the words of Henry David Thoreau.Since the ultimate goal of technology is to improve the quality of life for all, we must be cognizant of not only the technical feasibility of our designs, but also the social impact on humanity, as well as the environmental impact on our shared planet.
Novel technologies can assuredly bring societal benefits, yet these technologies can also exaggerate societal disparities, leave out underserved communities, create moral and legal dilemmas, and remove human agency.New technologies can bring harm as well as good.Thus, addressing technological grand challenges will not only require technical competence but also deep ethical reflection, as emerging technologies have the potential to change the fabric of society.