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The Responsibility of Researchers and Engineers: Codes of Ethics for Emerging Technologies

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In recent decades, we witnessed a boom of words and notions such as ethics, values, ethics commissions, scientific integrity, vaulted by the postulate for responsibility. In particular, responsibility has become an issue of research policy, computer science and engineering, funding agencies expecting sound ethical conduct, and public awareness of ethical issues, often followed by the public claiming involvement of stakeholders and citizens. The field of codes of ethics also flourished. Many professional associations but also institutions such as universities and hospitals developed and adopted codes of ethics. This development gives rise to reflect the intentions, motivations, purposes, and impact of codes of ethics.

The first intention of this chapter is to embed codes of ethics into the broader fields of professional ethics and of the governance of technology at large. Taking care of responsibility for developing and using emerging technologies implies, at this level, asking for prudent and proper approaches in order not to overburden engineers and researchers with unfulfillable responsibility. Therefore, its second intention is to look for the specific responsibilities of engineers in a complex field of technology governance with shared responsibilities. Codes of ethics then will be conceptualized as major elements of making this responsibility operable at the level of professions such as engineers and researchers.

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Grunwald, A. (2022). The Responsibility of Researchers and Engineers: Codes of Ethics for Emerging Technologies. In: Laas, K., Davis, M., Hildt, E. (eds) Codes of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines. The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology, vol 23. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86201-5_14

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