Ethics and Technology
Ethics and Technology
Innovations in communication and technology drive productivity, yet result in emerging ethical issues that are not immediately evident to managers. Technological innovations such the internet and mobile phones have become an essential part of the workplace, changed the tasks of the workforce, and created unanticipated ethical challenges.
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS COB has programmed events and sponsored research that look into the ethical issues brought about by advancements in technology and communications.
Ethics Fellows in this Focus Area
College of Engineering and Applied Science
The Virtues of Leonhard Euler:
Ethics, Mathematics and Thriving in a Digital Era
By SCEC Champion Bruce N. Lundberg
This essay explores ethical foundations for meeting the digital challenge via a case study of the work, life, and virtues of the greatest mathematician and natural scientist of the eighteenth century, Leonhard Euler. By biography and history one can learn of the gifts of human strength, practices, good will, dependence on others, and friendships which made possible Euler’s own astonishing corpus of work and that of many other scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technologists. Digital technology results from a combination of science (demonstrable knowledge and method), technology, engineering, and art (forms and artifacts of making and expressing), and mathematics (abstract numerical, algebraic, geometrical, formal, and digital concepts, rules, representations, and logics). Joint reflection on the biographical, historical, and natural sources of mathematics and the digital is essential for any humanization or ascesis in response to the perils and promises of digital technology for human thriving. As ethics enable and embody an ethos, so technologies are means and manifestations of a telos. Thus, thought and action for thriving through the digital needs to contemplate and conciliate the ends of humans and of the digital.
For continuing the conversation, check out the books Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble and Terms of Disservice by Dipayan Ghosh and All Tech Is Human’s recent report, Improving Social Media: The People, Organizations and Ideas for a Better Tech Future.
If you would like to continue the discussion around creating a more ethical social media future, you can join All Tech Is Human’s Slack group. And if you are looking to build your career in the nascent responsible tech space, All Tech Is Human has a Responsible Tech Guide and recently launched a Responsible Tech Mentorship Program.
UCCS has adopted a set of values to which it is committed, including specifically a commitment to the value of integrity and an expectation that each member of the campus community will engage in ethical behavior.