Emerging Technologies: Heuristics and methodology: Etica Deliverable D.1.1

Veikko Ikonen, Minni Kanerva, Panu Kouri

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    Most research on ICT ethics concentrates either on existing usages of technologies and current issues or on questions that raise significant theoretical or practical interest, such as ICT implants or healthcare ICT. What is currently missing is a systematic attempt to identify ethical issues in development and implementation of technologies that are not yet widely used but which can plausibly be predicted to be commonly used in a time frame of about 10 years. The Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications (ETICA) project will move beyond the state of the art in ICT ethics by offering a comprehensive overview of ethical and social issues in ICT that are likely to develop in the medium term future. ETICA will do this by providing a list of emerging technologies and their applications as well as develop a matrix of technological applications within which ICT ethical issues can be easily identified. The potential ethical issues will be subsequently ranked and graded by evaluating them according to top priority issues. By distinguishing between technologies and applications and using the resulting issues matrix, the ETICA approach will allow for the identification of issues that are currently not yet on the agenda. The matrix and resulting evaluation will be useful for continuous monitoring of the ICT field. One of the first tasks of the ETICA project is to develop a research approach that will allow a maximally comprehensive identification of emerging ICTs and their applications. By comprehensive identification we mean the review and assessment of materials that are collected for identification purposes of emerging technologies from various sources of information. Thus the data is collected from policies, research programmes, research and market forecasts and research projects as well as from selected citizen driven sources. In this deliverable we describe the basic process and materials that we believe will be suitable for the ETICA project's' objectives and goals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages33
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study


    • emerging ICT
    • heuristics
    • foresight


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