Discuss the ethical concerns of computer users with regards to speed and scale/unpredictability, complexity

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is hard to see how the speed of a computer relates to any sort of ethical problem.  A slow computer is not ethically better than a fast one.

The only issue I can see is that computers with more speed allow us to do more things that might be unethical.  The best example of that is probably pirated music and film.  In the days when computers had dialup connections to the internet, there was not much chance of downloading a good copy of a movie.  Today, with fast computers and connections, this is a possibility.

 

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askteacherz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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The technology and communication age present an immense concern in the area of ethics. First and foremost any individual that has basic skills in computer usage has instant access to information on anyone and any topic with very limited repercussions. Individuals with questionable ethical values now have far more access to other peoples "family rooms." Second, one must also take into consideration the unknowing user that it is stalked or accidentally enticed into web sites, chat rooms and cyber-relationships with these questionable characters. The authorities, schools and parents are to certain extent defenseless to these persons. Lastly, in a time and age when families are fragmented, both parents working and technology looming at every turn the education and installation of human ethics is in peril. Students in the 21st century are at a disadvantage when it comes to learning proper ethics from previous generations. Many current students learn from the Internet, tv and or other modes of communication what is ethical and what is not rather from where it had been; at home from two married parents. Furthermore parents today are battling society to maintain what they pass on to their children because the bombardment of questionable unethical behaviors are everywhere. "The Age of Ethics in the Era of the Computer" is currently being written, perhaps by you right now; good luck with it!

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