Ethical Dilemmas And The New Technology In Computers

Computer Technology: Ethical Issues

The future of technology will bring about a moral dilemma. Social issues and environmental concerns have hampered the development of computers. Early 1940s saw the birth of one of the biggest innovations since the industrial age. Due to the increasing power of cybercommunication, multitasking and exploration of information, there are now concerns about privacy and safety.

Computers are a great way to solve a lot of issues that were previously controversial, like “…the unauthorized using of hardware, software theft, disputed rights of products, the frauds committed with computers, the hacking of data, viruses, the responsibility for the quality of output, making false computer claims, and the degradation in work. Internet privacy has remained a major problem because people trust their device’s security to conceal personal information. A growing number of people are relying on technology to protect their personal information. As a consequence, hacking is becoming more common. As people become more concerned about their own security, they are also becoming more sophisticated with technology.

Google Glass was announced in 2012. As people realized the true power of the technology, they began to doubt its need. In San Diego, California Highway Patrol Officer Keith Odle pulled Cecilia Abadie over while she was driving on Interstate 15. The officer saw that she was wearing high-tech Google glasses. California Vehicle Code Section 27602 prohibits driving while using a video camera in front. Google Glass’s accessibility can affect the legal system in a negative way, such as privacy and copyright (Davis). Google Glass can present the same risks as texting and driving. It can cause more distractions and accidents for drivers, who are also distracted by their technology. Google Glass is a wearable device that redefines multitasking. However, privacy concerns are the main concern among non-users. Wearers of Google Glass can take pictures or videos invisibly, while the rest of the world is unaware. This is an infringement on the privacy of individuals and their personal space. The product is legal to wear in everyday life, but the social norms have not yet been determined.

The popularity of three-dimensional technology has grown in the last few years. Scientists and technologists discover new ways to print unimaginable figures. However, as they do so, ethical issues arise when objects that are potentially dangerous for society are printed. Certain figures and objects may not be beneficial, as they can cause harm to others and be destructive if the wrong person gets their hands on them. California Senator Keven DE LEON introduced Senate Bill 808, which was aimed specifically at 3D printer firearms. The California Department of Justice would have to approve the manufacture of a firearm before it could be manufactured. Because 3D printers can be used to create objects that are larger than life, they have created a great deal of anxiety among people. In order to boost productivity and accuracy with the more sophisticated printers, manufacturers are coming up with new ways. These may lead to ethical, religious, and societal problems. For many, the notion of “playing God”, through creating organs and cartilage is a controversial one. While 3D printers may have a positive impact on the advancement of mankind, they still challenge many beliefs and put into question their moral value.

The technology may define our future evolution, but it could also be a major problem for government. As more and more powerful technologies are put in the hands the average citizen, we will be constantly worried about the possible consequences. Ethics and societal concerns are changing the definition of “legal” as well as “ethical”. As users rely on devices to store their personal information, privacy and dependency play a key role. NSA, as an example, is a vital part of securing privacy and security for our citizens. But, they do so through the exploitation communication items that we rely upon. Google Glass is a wearable computer that may seem like a creative and innovative innovation, but it also poses legal and privacy concerns to some. The 3D printer will allow people to make objects that were previously only available in underground markets, like the firing pins of automatic weapons. We must educate the public about the threats to information security and the ways to protect it.

Our people can now multitask easily and independently as we move into a world of advanced technology. It would have been difficult to imagine wearable technology in the past century and the danger of images being captured by users. The problem is it’s difficult to control people once they have access to a large network of technology. The concept of privacy may no longer be relevant in today’s world, where data theft and hacking are commonplace. In this age of technology, the world has adopted cyber-technology to improve efficiency. People are now more aware of their power, whether it is from security analysts, black-hat hackers, corporates or banks. Data theft becomes a more real threat as the population becomes increasingly dependent on technology. This changes the way people think about safety. There will always be people who do not like the idea of a technologically educated populace. They will resist this new era.


  • ameliaburke

    Amelia Burke is a 27yo educational blogger and volunteer and student. She is currently a student at the University of Utah. She is interested in creative writing, writing for the web, and public speaking.



Amelia Burke is a 27yo educational blogger and volunteer and student. She is currently a student at the University of Utah. She is interested in creative writing, writing for the web, and public speaking.

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