When to Accept a Funds from the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative Program

TitleWhen to Accept a Funds from the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative Program
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate AuthorsCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology,
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
Keywordscomputer , COMPUTER science , ENGINEERING , MILITARY , Military and Defense Research , MILITARY ethics , SOCIAL , SOCIAL responsibility , software , software engineering
AbstractA professor of computer science applied for and received a grant from the Strategic Defense Initiative Program (Star Wars) to engage in a software assurance research project of a theoretical nature. The goal was to determine the methods by which error free software might be produced on a large scale basis. The professor does not believe that SDI (Star Wars) is a viable Department of Defense program. She does believe, however, that her work could add measurably to the body of scientific knowledge concerning the development of error free software.Should the professor accept the grant money? If so, why? If not, why not?
NotesCase from the 1994 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
URLhttp://ethics.iit.edu/EEL/Star%20Wars.pdf
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