By Wendell Wallach
We are living in an age of amazing technological power. From nanotechnology to artificial organisms, new applied sciences stand to revolutionize complete domain names of human adventure. yet with impressive capability comes notable possibility: drones can bring a bomb as without problems as they could a brand new telephone; makers and hackers can 3D-print weapons in addition to instruments; and supercomputers can short-circuit Wall highway simply as simply as they can deal with your portfolio.One factor those applied sciences cannot do is solution the profound ethical concerns they bring up. Who can be held responsible after they get it wrong? What accountability do. Read more...
summary: we are living in an age of remarkable technological capability. From nanotechnology to artificial organisms, new applied sciences stand to revolutionize complete domain names of human event. yet with remarkable strength comes striking threat: drones can bring a bomb as quite simply as they could a brand new cellphone; makers and hackers can 3D-print weapons in addition to instruments; and supercomputers can short-circuit Wall road simply as simply as they could deal with your portfolio.One factor those applied sciences cannot do is solution the profound ethical concerns they elevate. Who may be held liable after they get it wrong? What accountability do
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