Composite Ethical Frameworks for IOT and Other Emerging Technologies

23 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2017

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Max Senges

42 Wolfsburg / Berlin

Patrick Spaulding Ryan Ph.D.

Berkeley Law; Stanford University

Richard S. Whitt

GLIA Foundation

Date Written: December 22, 2017


Modern engineering and technology has allowed us to connect with each other and even to take us to the moon. But technology has also polluted vast areas of the planet and it has empowered surveillance and authoritarian governments with dangerous tools. There are numerous cases where engineers and other stakeholders routinely ask what they are capable of inventing, and what they actually should invent. Nuclear weapons and biotechnology are two examples. But when analyzing the transformations arising from less controversial modern socio-technological tools—like the internet, smartphones, and connected devices which augment and define our work and social practices—two very distinct areas of responsibility become apparent. On the one hand, there are questions around the values and practices of the engineers who create the technologies. What values should guide their endeavours and how can society promote good conduct? And on the other hand, there are questions regarding the effects when people use these technologies. While engineering and design choices can either promote or hinder commendable social behavior and appropriate use, this chapter will focus on the first question.

Keywords: artificial intelligence, AI, machine learning, ML, ethichs and AI

JEL Classification: O000, O21, O31, O33, O35, Q00

Suggested Citation

Senges, Max and Ryan, Patrick and Whitt, Richard S., Composite Ethical Frameworks for IOT and Other Emerging Technologies (December 22, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Max Senges

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Patrick Ryan (Contact Author)

Berkeley Law ( email )

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Stanford University ( email )

Richard S. Whitt

GLIA Foundation ( email )

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