The Value of the Social Sciences for Maximizing the Public Benefits of Engineering

TitleThe Value of the Social Sciences for Maximizing the Public Benefits of Engineering
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWetmore, J
Corporate AuthorsUnited States, National Academy of Engineering,
JournalThe Bridge
Volume42
Issue3
Pagination40-45
Date PublishedFall 2012
PublisherUnited States, National Academy of Engineering
Place PublishedWashington DC
ISSN Number0737-6278
KeywordsENGINEERING , professional , PROFESSIONAL ethics , SOCIAL , SOCIAL sciences
AbstractThis article highlights the importance of bringing a social science perspective to engineering innovation as a way to get engineers to take a broad view of ethics in their design. These include macro-ethical issues, or issues that an individual engineer cannot hope to address- such as how engineers can ensure that their work produces genuine human good. These kinds of questions are often based on a somewhat radical notion in the engineering world- that new technologies do not automatically make the world a better place. Therefore, one must first ask what is best for the world and then find a way to achieve that goal. The author outlines three different projects where collaboration between engineers and social scientists produced fruitful results.
URLhttp://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/62556/62566.aspx
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