Essay about Computer Ethics : Its Birth And Its Future

1586 Words Dec 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Benjamin Disraeli once said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” (Vardeman). Statistics contains many different aspects. It is also important in many different fields of study like: medical, research, science, computers, etc. When people are using ethics, it is important that they remain ethical and do not publish/share unethical information. “At its core statistics is not about cleverness and technique, but rather about honesty” (Vardeman). To be an ethical statistician, it is about doing the right thing when interpreting information, even if it is the harder or unpopular thing. According to Vardeman, “Maintaining an independent and principled point-of-view is critical if a statistician hopes to avoid becoming a part of Disraeli’s third “lie”. This paper will go in depth into the history of computer ethics, statistics and ethics in medical research, and statistics in research. “Computer ethics: Its birth and its future”
In Terrell Bynum’s article, “Computer ethics: Its birth and its future”, he summarizes the history of computer ethics and its predicted future. During World War II, computer ethics was invented by MIT professor Norbert Wiener. Wiener defined computer ethics as a field of scholarly research. However, during Wiener’s time, the term computer ethics was not used. The term did not come into common use until a few decades later. Wiener created this new scientific field called ‘cybernetics’, which is defined as the science of…

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