Ethics and Technology

Short Answers. Pick three of these five questions to respond to. Your response should be well-written, and provide supporting evidence such as key terms and quotations. Your response to each question should be no more than 500 words, and at least 200 words. Your response should be in prose, using full sentences and paragraphs (no bullets).

1. During the semester, we have learned about different ways that organizations view their responsibility for the impacts of their technologies. Pick two examples from class and compare and contrast how the organizations framed their responsibility/responsibilities for the impacts of their technologies.

2. We have discussed how social and ethical problems emerge sometimes due to a lack of, or missing data, and other times due to biased data. Compare and contrast the kinds of problems that can emerge with data using an example from class of missing/lack of data and another example (either from class or another example of your choice) of biased data.

3. Compare and contrast the Indiana automated system and the biometric technologies employed by United Nations World Food Program. How are they similar and how are they different? Specifically discuss how these cases relate to the concepts of consent and justice in your response.

4. The Charlie app provides a case study of how digital health technology development can pose ethical problems. Examine Charlie from a utilitarian and another ethical viewpoint (Kantian, Vedic, justice), using specific information from the case study.

5. Cathy ONeill provides a framework for thinking about Weapons of Math Destruction: opacity, scale, and damage. Pick two algorithmic technologies, including at least one that we have discussed in class, and relate them to this framework. Make sure to include how each technology relates to opacity, scale, and damage.

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