IT Ethichs: Software Development and Quality Life Cycle


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1. Read the fictional "Case of the Killer Robot" (link The Case of the Killer Robot ( It is broken up into several sections:- The main question your post should address is "Which characters have ethical responsibility for the death of Bart Matthews?" Please also respond to each and all of these points:

  • Which characters have some legal guilt in the death of Bart Matthews? Is there a difference between ethical responsibility and legal guilt?
  • How much input should a user have into the process of designing a computer system that they are going to use?
  • Under what conditions would YOU be comfortable with the Robbie CX30 returning to service?
  • In general, who should be held responsible for software that malfunctions and causes harm? Is faulty different from malicious?
  • What are some other situations in which bad code could cause harm?
  • Are the five tests of Kallman and Grillo (as presented by Harry Yoder*) useful in making ethical decisions?
    • the mom test -- would you tell your mother what you did?
    • the TV test -- would you tell a national TV audience what you did? (although, we probably need to update this to "the social media test")
    • the smell test -- does what you did have a bad smell to it?
    • the other person's shoes test -- would you like what you did to be done to you?
    • the market test -- would your action be a good sales pitch?

Feel free to use news articles as references, making sure to list those and any other references at the bottom of the post. Quotations by famous people are allowed, as well - you only have to identify the speaker, not the specific work, in the case of well-known quotations.

2. what is your worst technology habit that serves to separate you from society? Does it bother you? If it does, why don't you stop?

Questions are different. Please answer on 2 seperate documents.

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Science fiction depicts artificial intelligence as the use of robots whose intellectual
capability features that of mankind. Advancements in artificial intelligence pose numerous
benefits as well as risks to the human race.
Intelligent robots are capable of changing the human lives, especially with the ongoing
development of robots that can look after the elderly. The development of a robot designed to
watch after the elderly and disabled shows ability to work better than humans in the field, while
still offering its subjects more privacy. According to McGinn (2017), the robot reminds its
subjects to take medication, detects and regulates light and temperature levels in the room and
also promotes social connection by connecting its subjects to skype. Notably, ones the room
sensors detect any abnormality in the room, humans responsible for watching over the elderly
can take over the robot and investigate the room using it, determining if there is need to contact
emergency (McGinn, 2017).
With improved technology, cyber security has grown to become an imminent workplace
stress, especially with the dig...

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