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Published: 30 September 2010

296 Pages | 38

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199765140

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Ethical and Scientific Foundations

Kim Vicente and Series edited by Alex Kirlik

Human Technology Interaction Series

  • This book collects in one convenient source the technical material providing the HTI research foundations underlying Kim Vicente's Human-tech approach as presented in his popular, general audience book The Human Factor.
  • The technical articles represent a set of object lessons for how to select and use HTI research methods in a truly problem- driven and use-inspired way, rather than allowing research to become shaped by the methods most conveniently at hand.
  • The commentaries situate the technical articles in the context of broader, contemporary developments and discussions now occurring in related areas of scientific research relevant to HTI.
  • The addition of a sixth, ethical level to Vicente's five-level Human-tech approach provides additional rationale, meaning, and authority to the mandate to conduct HTI research from a perspective that starts with human and societal needs rather technological opportunities.
  • While professional ethics has always been an important aspect of engineering education and practice, the book identifies and describes a newly emerging and more profound way in which ethics is becoming increasingly central to engineering, as technology is increasingly creating and constraining opportunities for the expression human dignity and free will.
  • The call and response format of the book that emerges through the interlaced interplay between the author and editor, both authorities in the HTI discipline, animates and makes concrete the discussion of often complex ideas in a way sure to keep the reader's attention.

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