A Hippocratic Oath for Technologists

Forthcoming, “Next Generation Ethics: Engineering a Better Society” (2018)

Stanford University Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 19-4

9 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2018

See all articles by Ali Abbas

Ali Abbas

Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making

Max Senges

42 Wolfsburg / Berlin

Ronald A. Howard

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Date Written: October 1, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Abbas, Ali and Senges, Max and Howard, Ronald A., A Hippocratic Oath for Technologists (October 1, 2018). Forthcoming, “Next Generation Ethics: Engineering a Better Society” (2018) , Stanford University Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 19-4, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3274327

Ali Abbas

Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making ( email )

2250 Alcazar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Max Senges (Contact Author)

42 Wolfsburg / Berlin ( email )

porschestr 2c
Wolfsburg, 38440
Germany

Ronald A. Howard

Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )

655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5015
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
311
Abstract Views
2,414
rank
137,515
PlumX Metrics