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Ethics in the Management of Emerging Technologies
This initiative addresses the challenges of managing the uncharted ethical and moral dilemmas that spring directly from emerging technologies.
The Rensselaer Lally School of Management has consistently focused on the management of technology in its scholarship, educational programs, and outreach. This focus provides the School a distinctive niche and connects naturally to the technological roots of the Institute. The commercialization of new technologies is a perennial high priority for R&D-intensive companies. Ethical dilemmas that arise are a neglected area of scholarship and education. Therefore, the Lally School has created an initiative for research and education in this exciting and crucially important area.
- Companies that increase scientific and business capabilities in areas like genomics and big data generate ethical questions that humans have never before had to ask.
- A definitional characteristic of new technologies is that they arrive before society has had a chance to consider their ethical implications and institute laws to protect those who may be vulnerable.
- Most managers’ technical knowledge far outpaces their ability to engage in informed ethical questioning and debate.
- These managers are often thrust into an ambiguous realm without any training in thinking through – or even thinking about – the ethical implications of new products.
- Even for companies interested in “doing the right thing,” there is no social consensus as to what “the right thing” is.
- Ethics-based content in Lally School courses
- White papers on the ethics of emerging technologies
- Grants to aid faculty in developing ethics-based teaching materials and research projects
- Public forums that spur discussion of important ethical questions, including an annual conference
- Hosting visiting faculty experts in ethics
- Highlighting ethics-based student projects and research
Wednesday, April 11, 2018: "Ethics and the Internet of Things (IoT): Will the Internet of Things Empower or Destroy?" - Watch the Event Video Here
- Transformational power to improve business, communication, and personal well-being
- Tremendous potential for “smart” appliances and services
- New data-driven ways to create personalization, effectiveness and convenience
CURRENT ISSUES & CASES
The Masters’ Scholars Research Program (MSRP) is a voluntary program that allows students to collaborate with faculty on research and gain experience in the commercialization of advanced technology. One of the opportunities within this program includes investigating current issues and creating new research questions for faculty to study. Three Lally master’s degree students chose technologies they were interested in or concerned about from an ethical standpoint and wrote cases and research questions for those topics.
Meet The Authors:
Peter Kloss is a recent graduate of the technology commercialization and entrepreneurship master's program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His background includes a bachelor’s degree in computer science and cyber security consulting experience. He currently oversees operations and strategy as chief operating officer for IPPSec, a cyber security startup company.
Han Gao is an entrepreneurial innovator in the AI industry. He will graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a master’s degree in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in December 2018. Prior to the master’s program, he received a bachelor’s degree in human resource management. His areas of interest include drone application and automated logistics.
Lei Zou was born and brought up in China. He came to America when he was 15 years old. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently enrolled in the quantitative finance and risk analysis master’s program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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