From speculation to reality: Enhancing anticipatory ethics for emerging technologies (ATE) in practice

Steven Umbrello*, Michael J. Bernstein, Pieter E. Vermaas, Anaïs Resseguier, Gustavo Gonzalez, Andrea Porcari, Alexei Grinbaum, Laurynas Adomaitis

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Abstract

Various approaches have emerged over the last several decades to meet the challenges and complexities of anticipating and responding to the potential impacts of emerging technologies. Although many of the existing approaches share similarities, they each have shortfalls. This paper takes as the object of its study Anticipatory Ethics for Emerging Technologies (ATE) to technology assessment, given that it was formatted to address many of the privations characterising parallel approaches. The ATE approach, also in practice, presents certain areas for retooling, such as how it characterises levels and objects of analysis. This paper results from the work done with the TechEthos Horizon 2020 project in evaluating the ethical, legal, and social impacts of climate engineering, digital extended reality, and neurotechnologies. To meet the challenges these technology families present, this paper aims to enhance the ATE framework to encompass the variety of human processes and material forms, functions, and applications that comprise the socio-technical systems in which these technologies are embedded.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102325
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume74
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Anticipatory technology ethics
  • Emerging technologies
  • Forecasting
  • Futures studies
  • Technology assessment
  • Uncertainty

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