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Morality and Ethics and ComputersThere are many different sides to the discussion on moral and ethical uses ofcomputers In many situations the morality of a particular use of a computer is up to theindividual to decide For this reason absolute laws about ethical computer usage isalmost but not entirely impossible to define The introduction of computers into the workplace has introduced many questionsas well Should employers make sure the workplace is designed to minimize health riskssuch as back strain and carpal tunnel syndrome for people who work with computersCan employers prohibit employees from sending personal memos by electronic mail to afriend at the other side of the office Should employers monitor employees work oncomputers If so should employees be warned beforehand If warned does that makethe practice okay According to Kenneth Goodman director of the Forum for Bioethicsand Philosophy at the University of Miami who teaches courses in computer ethicsTheres hardly a business thats not using computers1 This makes these questions allthe more important for todays society to answerThere are also many moral and ethical problems dealing with the use of computersin the medical field In one particular case a technician trusted what he thought acomputer was telling him and administered a deadly dose of radiation to a hospitalpatient2 In cases like these it is difficult to decide whos fault it is It could have been thecomputer programmers fault but Goodman asks How much responsibility can you placeon a machine3 Many problems also occur when computers are used in education Shouldcomputers replace actual teachers in the classroom In some schools computers andcomputer manuals have already started to replace teachers I would consider this anunethical use of computers because computers do not have the ability to think and interacton an interpersonal basis Computers dehumanize human activity4 by taking away many jobs and makingmany others boring exercises in pushing the buttons that make the technology work 5Complete privacy is almost impossible in
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