Technology assessment : a historical approach

TitleTechnology assessment : a historical approach
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsCameron, RMEAJ
Series TitleCSEP module series in applied ethics;
Paginationiii, 37 p.
PublisherKendall/Hunt Pub. Co.
Place PublishedDubuque, Iowa
Publication Languageeng
ISBN NumberISBN: 0840337302 (pbk.);
Accession Number13215836
Keywords-- , Assessment , Case , studies. , technology
AbstractThis module discusses the unique role engineers play in technology assessment; or the “process of discovering the potential benefits and risks of new technologies, weighing the social gains against the social costs, and then taking steps to influence the rate and direction of technological change.” This module deals with the ethical decisions of James Watt and his assessment of the steam engine, and Thomas Edison and his assessment of electricity. The module then looks at the more modern example of nuclear power, and shows the problems that arise when engineers fail to properly access the moral and ethical issues raised by the technologies they develop. Includes discussion questions and an annotated bibliography of related materials.
Notes23 cm.Bibliography: p. 34-37.Rondo Cameron and A.J. Millard. More Records: Show record informationBook
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