Introduction – The ETICA Project
The ETICA project was launched in April 2009 with the aim of identifying emerging technologies likely to be realized in the next 10 – 15 years. Along with the identification of the technologies, a second aim was to understand the ethical issues that would potentially result from the emerging technologies ofthe future.
This understanding would be followed by the ranking and evaluation of the identified ethical issues. In addition, the project would then look attgovernance structures within which ethical issues of emerging technologies would be dealt with. Lastly, at the end of the project scheduled for the end of May, the project would present recommendations to the EU Commission on issues dealing with
emerging and future technologies and their related ethical issues. On this premise this, this newsletter takes a look at what ETICA has achieved so far,
how it has achieved its results as well as outlines the next remaining steps as the project comes to an end.
Focus group discussions were also incorporated in the process of identifying ethical issues. Some ethical issues were unique to particular technologies
while others were cross-cutting. Below is a highlight of some of the ethical issues attributed to the identified technologies:
autonomy, freedom, agency,
access, digital divides
persuasion and coercion
consequences of technology for our view of humans
cost and a lot more.