A Hippocratic Oath for Technologists
Forthcoming, “Next Generation Ethics: Engineering a Better Society” (2018)
9 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2018
Date Written: October 1, 2018
This paper presents an ethical creed, which we refer to as the Hippocratic Oath for Technologists. The creed is built on three fundamental pillars: proactively understanding the ethical implications of technology for all stakeholders, telling the truth about the capabilities, advantages, and disadvantages of a technology, and acting responsibly in situations you find morally challenging. The oath may be taken by students at Universities after understanding its basic definitions and implications, and it may also be discussed with technology firms and human resources departments to provide the necessary support and understanding for their employees who wish to abide by the norms of this oath. This work lays the foundations for the arguments and requirements of a unified movement, as well as a forum for signing up for the oath to enable its wide-spread dissemination.
Keywords: ethics, technology, instruments, governance, responsibility, innovation
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