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Professional Ethics: A Hallmark of Best Practice

  • Barry G. BlundellEmail author
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Abstract

We are witnessing the growth of ever more powerful, intricately interconnected, and complex hardware and software systems. What are the ramifications of this direction of travel, and for the sake of our children and theirs, can we simply allow the future to be dictated by market forces, by politicians who often have little understanding of the direct and indirect consequences of technologies (and who may be seeking simple technology-based solutions in an attempt to deal with complex societal problems), and by organisations that may have highly questionable ethical standards? Here we lay some key foundations, consider the nature of ethical frameworks, and emphasise that whilst technologies are becoming more powerful and invasive, over the centuries basic aspects of human nature (the good, the bad, and the downright ugly) have changed very little. What are our professional ethical obligations to those who are not yet born and for whom we are the custodians of the planet?

Keywords

Professional ethics Deontological theories Consequentialist theories Ethics and faith Utilitarian theory Genocide Beatitudes Science and ethics Technology and ethics Therac 25 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ManchesterUK

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