The Case of the Killer Robot : Stories about the Professional, Ethical, and Societal Dimensions of Computing
A unique and entertaining look at the ethical issues in the computer science profession, this book tells the fictional story of a robot programmed to automate an assembly line that ended up taking the life of a worker. Using a variety of materials, from newspaper clippings, interviews, and the trial manuscript, the book explores the full complexity of the topic and the need to take into account the "human factor."
- Paperback | 242 pages
- 154 x 228 x 18mm | 452g
- 24 Aug 1996
- John Wiley & Sons Inc
- New York, United States
Back cover copy
The Case of the Killer Robot From Design to Disasters: An Exploration in Computer Ethics In this innovative collection of computer ethics cases, Richard G. Epstein provides a fresh new approach to the social, ethical, and professional issues facing today's computing professionals. Through his dynamic exploration of a fictional industrial accident ("The Case of the Killer Robot") and the possible ramifications of poor engineering design, Epstein provides an informative, yet entertaining look at how computers can affect society. Known worldwide through portions that were presented on the World Wide Web, The Case of the Killer Robot now includes over 25 complementary articles, which help prepare readers for challenging real-life issues in the computer industry. "There is no book on the market which introduces the social and ethical issues of the computer professional's dilemma in a more in innovative and stimulating way." --David Bellin, Director of Graduate Studies, CS Dept, NC A&T State University "This text is better than just a computer science text. Every senior manager that has software as part of his realm of view should be reading this text." --Gerald L. Ourada, Technology Management School, Maxwell AFB, AL "Killer Robot addresses some of the ethical and organizational issues of computing more forcefully than anything else published to date, yet it's really fun to read. It is a milestone in the history of computing." --Ronald Anderson, Chair of ACM Committee of Computer Ethics
Table of contents
Partial table of contents: PRINT MEDIA. Robot Kills Operator in Grisly Accident. McMurdock Promises Justice in "Killer Robot" Case. "Killer Robot" Developers Worked Under Enormous Stress. "Killer Robot" Programmer Was Prima Donna, Co--Workers Claim. "Killer Robot" Project Mired in Controversy Right from Start. The "Killer Robot" Interface. Silicon Techchronics Promised to Deliver a Safe Robot. A Conversation with Dr. Harry Yoder. The Unhealthy Workplace. A Tale of Two Cities. Web of Deception. BROADCAST MEDIA. Varieties of Teamwork Experience. The Case of the Virtual Epidemic. The Case of the Deadly Data. Candid Professor.
About Richard G. Epstein
Richard G. Epstein is the author of The Case of the Killer Robot: Stories about the Professional, Ethical, and Societal Dimensions of Computing, published by Wiley.