Ethics is one of the greyest areas of technology. While technology is merely an enabler or a tool used to ease our living, there is a certain lack of ownership around the moral and ethical compass in the grids of technology itself. Who decides the ethical implications of a technology and its impact on the society?
It’s an undeniable fact that technology has penetrated too deep inside the human life to escape the liability of ethical implications. Nanobots, neurofeedback, biofeedback, deep brain stimulation and many similar technologies have blurred the lines from being the supporters of human cognition to the driving force behind it. These technological interventions put forward a lot of questions about the moral background of our technological innovations.
For example, drone warfare has become a new replacement of the physical warfare these days. In this era of high-end technology, though drone warfare helps save human lives to a great extent, it also promotes war among men as the ultimate tool to settle scores and solve problems. While the modern technology’s ability to alter the basics of human need is growing by every second, there is very little consensus about its ethical clarity.
Although there is a need of finding an ethical anchor, there arises many questions, such as who and how should one control technology? How can it influence a society and its members? Should a society attempt to alter a technology that impacts the basic lives of its occupants in the most elementary manner? While many such questions are still being asked, a healthy debate among the tech enthusiasts is much called for. The protection of these ethical landmarks is perhaps the only thing crucial for our most intimate human experience.