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Ethics, Technology, And The Future: An Inter Generational Approach To Engineering Education

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2002 Annual Conference

Location

Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

Start Date

June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Teaching Tools for Humanities and Ethics

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

7.529.1 - 7.529.11

DOI

10.18260/1-2--10121

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https://peer.asee.org/10121

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Rosalyn Berne

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Session Number: 1122

Ethics, Technology and the Future:

An Inter-Generational Experience in Engineering Education

Rosalyn W. Berne

Technology, Culture and Communication

University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Abstract

Which pedagogical approaches to engineering ethics can adequately and richly introduce to young engineers the perplex issues associated with the development of new, futuristic technologies? Nanotechnology, cryonics, cloning, quantum computing, cyber - intelligence and genetic engineering each hold the potential of radically altering the fundamental nature of human life. Therefore, their consideration is warranted in an engineering ethics curriculum. An extraordinary teaching experience with undergraduate students at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), suggests that intergenerational dialogue is one pedagogy that can enliven and enhance the undergraduate engineer’s ability to engage moral deliberation about technology and the future. This paper recounts one such intergenerational experience, highlighting excerpts from dialogues which occurred, and from student essays which reflect upon them, as documentation of the exceptional effectiveness of this profound teaching technique.

Engineering Ethics and The Technological Future Nanotechnology, cryonics, cloning, quantum computing, cyber-intelligence and genetic engineering are examples of newly developing technologies that hold the potential to

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Berne, R. (2002, June), Ethics, Technology, And The Future: An Inter Generational Approach To Engineering Education Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10121

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