Group 5 300 Word Paper


The article Computer and Information Ethics is basically a timeline about the computer being developed for ethical purposes. An American scholar, Norbert Wiener, was the founder of computer ethics, also known as “cybernetics”. This was created to function as a human being would. Wiener said, “computer ethics helped create great principles of justice upon which society should be built”. Computers, just as humans, have a very complex way of thinking and working. The advanced technology was part of the second industrial revolution. Computer ethics has changed the way the world operates, for businesses and every day people rely on them to get through the day.
Computer ethics was created with a bunch of codes. These codes then turned into bigger projects, therefore the computer sort of began to take over. Computers changed the way businesses and Corporations functioned. Filing and important documents were done and stored on computers instead of in the old filing cabinets. Because of computers becoming such an easy tool, unemployment began to rise. Robotic machinery was being created to do factory jobs so that the companies could make more parts faster.
Although computers are very handy, they have their down sides to them too. Viruses are very common in computers. A lot of viruses are caused by computer hackers who have hacked into you system and released a “bug” into your computer database. If a virus is bad enough, it could cause your computer to crash. Computers also limit peoples incentive to learn on their own. It is too simple for a person to get on the computer and “Google” a topic. Often, people don’t learn anything when using a computer because they are just looking up the information and not studying it.
The invention of computer ethics has also been very handy. Computers can be used to learn basic principles of life. Different cultures can be researched and understood, and the justice principles can be learned. Traveling can be done easier by using Map Quest to find your destination. Email and chatting programs have helped the world stay in touch. Without such things, multicultural communication would be a lot more difficult for us to do. Just about anything can be done with a computer.


Computer and Information Ethics relates to my Contemporary Moral Problems class in many ways. Every day in class we talk about “What is justice?” and “What is ethical?”. Computer ethics has brought a new way of working and learning into our world. Without computer ethics, it would be harder for people to explore the world at our fingertips. Computer ethics also is another way of reviewing key human values such as life, health, happiness, abilities, knowledge, freedom, security, and opportunities. Our way of communicating and taking notes when outside of class is online websites (ex. Blackboard and wiki). It makes our way of communication simple and handy. Without computer and information ethics our class wouldn’t work out.

Three Questions:
1. How did they ever think of putting information on a computer?
2. Was it known that the computer was going to be such a big deal?
3. How did Norbert come up with the knowledge of creating computer ethics?

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