Ethics Social Mis

1067 Words Feb 24th, 2016 5 Pages
2. Should producers of software-based services, such as ATMs, be held liable for economic injuries suffered when their systems fail? Provide specific examples of real-world situations that have happened, names of companies, etc. Is it the same for automobile defects/catastrophes?
One example of fraud is when an unattended, self-serve bank ATM machine is compromised using a card skimmer to steal debit card account and PIN numbers. In this case, the bank should be held responsible for any economic losses suffered by its customers as it was negligent in not protecting physical access to its machine and allowing criminals to place the device on the ATM. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek
“hacked” a car’s computer controls “to send
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However, since anyone can purchase this data and use it for for nefarious purposes, there are legitimate privacy concerns about this type of business. Frightening scenarios evolve as one can imagine using this services to collect names targeted for terrorism, racial profiling, harassment and other forms of discrimination. Another privacy nightmare is when one’s personal information is incorrectly reported by a data broker—how does one go about correcting this mistake and who pays? This is an industry that requires significant scrutiny and regulation.

4. What are key technology trends that raise ethical issues (you can also describe newer technologies for specific examples)? Think 'beyond the book.'
Two emerging trends that certainly raise ethical issues are gene-editing software and machine intelligence. Scientists can now modify basic biological building blocks to create new entities, be they based on embryonic stem-cells to combat disease or used to generate genetically modified organisms
(GMOs) to enhance our food supply. Engineers can now design and built military robots with extraordinary lethality, strength and intelligence. Without extreme security and controls, these machines are capable of killing humans without compassion or constraint. Our ethical and policy debates cannot keep pace with the extraordinarily rapid advancements in technology, yet we must if we are to live in a safe, healthy and free