The Ethical Imperative in the Context of Evolving Technologies

The speed of change in modern society has been likened to a sports car with no headlights lights, accelerating into the darkness. The passengers are dazed and know not where the break is – or even is if there is one! As dazed passengers, we realize that surveillance is ubiquitous, from government monitoring of phone calls, emails, and international travel patterns, to corporate monitoring of web-site visits, communications, physical location, and computer keystrokes. We accept genetic testing, DNA fingerprinting, modified foods, virtual worlds, and a barrage of technological advances, and only rarely step back to ask "does our ability to use these new technologies mean that we should use them?" The authors of this book took the time to confront how new technologies are shaping the ethics of their age.