Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting by Shannon VallorTechnology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting by Shannon Vallor

Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting

byShannon Vallor

Hardcover | October 7, 2016

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The 21st century offers a dizzying array of new technological developments: robots smart enough to take white collar jobs, social media tools that manage our most important relationships, ordinary objects that track, record, analyze and share every detail of our daily lives, and biomedicaltechniques with the potential to transform and enhance human minds and bodies to an unprecedented degree. Emerging technologies are reshaping our habits, practices, institutions, cultures and environments in increasingly rapid, complex and unpredictable ways that create profound risks and opportunities for human flourishing on a global scale. How can our future be protected in such challenging anduncertain conditions? How can we possibly improve the chances that the human family will not only live, but live well, into the 21st century and beyond?This book locates a key to that future in the distant past: specifically, in the philosophical traditions of virtue ethics developed by classical thinkers from Aristotle and Confucius to the Buddha. Each developed a way of seeking the good life that equips human beings with the moral andintellectual character to flourish even in the most unpredictable, complex and unstable situations - precisely where we find ourselves today. Through an examination of the many risks and opportunities presented by rapidly changing technosocial conditions, Vallor makes the case that if we are to have any real hope of securing a future worth wanting, then we will need more than just better technologies. We will also need better humans. Technology and the Virtues develops a practical framework for seeking that goal by means of the deliberate cultivation of technomoral virtues: specific skills and strengths of character, adapted to the unique challenges of 21st century life, that offer the human family our best chance of learning tolive wisely and well with emerging technologies.
Shannon Vallor is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, with a research and teaching focus on the philosophy of science and technology. She is President of the International Society for Philosophy and Technology, and recipient of the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics from the World Technology Network. Her cur...
Title:Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth WantingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 7, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Vallor bursts virtue ethics into 21st century relevance with her technomoral analyses. This is a wonderfully written and engaging tour de force that leaves few technological stones unturned. You certainly don't need to be a philosopher to understand Vallor's persuasive account of how to leadthe good life in a world littered with ever new techno-pitfalls. It is a must read for everyone involved in the creation and governance of new technology." --Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and of Public Engagement, University of Sheffield