An Ethical Framework for Evaluating Experimental Technology

TitleAn Ethical Framework for Evaluating Experimental Technology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsPoel, I
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsBioethical , BIOETHICS , ethics , experiment , experiments , Human , Informed , SOCIAL , technology
AbstractHow are we to appraise new technological developments that may bring revolutionary social changes? Currently this is often done by trying to predict or anticipate social consequences and to use these as a basis for moral and regulatory appraisal. Such an approach can, however, not deal with the uncertainties and unknowns that are inherent in social changes induced by technological development. An alternative approach is proposed that conceives of the introduction of new technologies into society as a social experiment. An ethical framework for the acceptability of such experiments is developed based on the bioethical principles for experiments with human subjects: non-maleficence, beneficence, respect for autonomy, and justice. This provides a handle for the moral and regulatory assessment of new technologies and their impact on society.
NotesPoel, Ibo 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Section Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Department of Values, Technology and Innovation, Delft University of Technology, Jaffalaan 5 2628 BX Delft The Netherlands; Source Info: Jun2016, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p667; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: EXPERIMENTS; Subject Term: BIOETHICS; Subject Term: INFORMED consent (Medical law); Subject Term: SOCIAL change; Author-Supplied Keyword: Bioethical principles; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Experiment; Author-Supplied Keyword: Human subjects; Author-Supplied Keyword: Informed consent; Author-Supplied Keyword: Technology; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); Number of Pages: 20p; Document Type: Article