The Ethics of Car Safety and the Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics

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The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics (App A) was first created in 1992 by the Computer Ethics Institute and presented by Dr. Ramon C. Barquins in his paper “In Pursuit of a ‘Ten Commandments’ of Computer Ethics” as a means to create “a set of standards to guide and instruct people in the ethical use of computers.” (1) Computer ethics is about guidelines related to decisions made by computer designers to help lead their actions and assist in the decisions they make. The technological boom of the past three decades has surpassed traditional ethic beliefs; hence Dr. Barquins need to create the ten most important “commandments” for computer applications. As technology advances, initial focus is on learning the technologies and fine…show more content…
These systems include features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, roll over protection, adaptive headlights, and emergency response systems. (5) Features like adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection monitor the vehicles surroundings to ensure safe conditions. Adaptive cruise control adjusts the speed of the vehicle to keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. If the system senses a potential collision due to a sudden stop in traffic, or another motorist cutting into the lane, the car will break hard and tighten the seatbelts. Once the road is clear, the system returns the vehicle to its original cruising speed. A system like this can always be overridden similar to normal cruise control, by tapping the breaks. Blind spot detection works with the same basic concept by monitoring the sides of the vehicle when the operator begins to change lanes and sets off a visual signal to the driver, letting them know that the area is not clear. Systems like these encourage drivers to rely on the responses of the computer, rather than practicing safe and aware driving. If drivers become used to a system alerting them when there is a vehicle in the next lane over, many drivers will stop checking for cleared distance themselves. The same is true for roll over protection. Some models now apply the brakes and adjust throttle as needed to help maintain

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