Is there any such thing as ethical technology?


Is there any such thing as ethical technology?

The notion of “ethical technology” is relatively new, yet already it has found its way onto the national curriculum.

Should some lines of scientific inquiry or technological application be ruled out because of their potential to harm?

Or is this an example of a conditional view of science, at odds with the spirit of inquiry and spirit of progress unleashed by the Enlightenment?

Should we instead be arguing that it is the way in which technology is used that requires ethical judgments to be made by humans, and that science itself is value neutral?

These and related issues will be discussed by Helen Andrews, Nick Cater and Dr Ryan Messmore.

Nick Cater

Nick Cater has just been appointed Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre. Nick is currently working on a new project based on Enlightenment ideas which is being held at CIS. He is also completing his second book, a sequel to last year’s The Lucky Culture. Nick spent 24 years at News Corp with nine years in senior editorial positions at The Australian including editing The Weekend Australian and several years as a News Corp correspondent in Asia. He started his career at the BBC but migrated to Australia where he first worked on the Adelaide Advertiser in 1989.

Helen Rittelmeyer

Helen Andrews (nee Rittelmeyer) is a Policy Analyst in the Social Foundations Program. Helen is also a blogger at First Things and has had articles on religion and conservatism published in National Review, First Things, The American Spectator, the Weekly Standard, the New York Post, and the American Coversvative. Helen is a former Associate Editor of National Review and holds a B.A in Religious Studies from Yale University.

Dr Ryan Messmore

Dr Ryan Messmore is the President of Campion College. Before coming to Australia, Dr Messmore served as a research fellow in religion and free society at The Heritage Foundation, the largest research and education institution in Washington, DC. His researching and writing examined how religious commitments are brought to bear on political life to improve public discourse and strengthen civil society. He received his doctorate in political theology from Oxford University.

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