Career Of Software Engineering And Computer Ethics

1341 Words Oct 31st, 2014 6 Pages
Professional Issues - Ethics
Abuah Chukwuedo Kingsley∗
October 29, 2014
∗ A report submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for COMP10120, School of Computer
Science, University of Manchester.
1 Summary 3
2 Introduction 3
2.1 What is Ethics? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
3 The Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Prac- tice 3
4 Analysis 3
5 Comparison 5
6 Bibliography 5
”The Case of the Killer Robot is a detailed scenario that combines elements of software engineering and computer ethics” (Epstein, 2000); it addresses the various Moral issues that may arise in the work place and in this particular scenario, the field of Software engineering and robotics. The case study revolves around the death of Bart Matthews, a Cybernetics Inc robot operator who was killed in a freak accident as a result of several unethical practises conducted at Silicon Techtronics Inc; a robotics and software engineering company. These ranged from decisions taken by the CEO Michael Waterson, to the division chief
Ray Johnson, and other employees such as Cindy Yardley and Randy Samuels.
Matthews lost his life when a Robbie CX30 industrial robot manufactured by the fine folks over at Silicon malfunctioned and struck him dead on the spot, the case study therefore looks at the various ethical decisions taken by the key players and the outcome of said decisions.
What is Ethics?
According to James Fieser(2014); ”The…
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