Translated Titles

Technological Risks and Ethical Evaluation: Applying a Risk Theory Ethics to the Social Controversies Surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms and Artificial Intelligence in Taiwan


陳瑞麟(Chen, Ruey-Lin)

Key Words

科技爭議 ; 風險 ; 倫理 ; 基因改造 ; 人工智能 ; AI ; ethics ; GMO ; controversies



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

30期(2020 / 04 / 01)

Page #

13 - 65

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This paper aims to develop an ethical theory of risks, for assessing technological risks caused by a variety of techniques and artefacts. Although this theory aims to assess technological risks, it achieves this aim in a non-scientific and non-quantitative way. This ethical theory of risks claims that there are four superior values-humanity, fairness, exemption, and sustainable development-in our risk society and argues that these values help regulate technological risks more properly than do other values, such as utility, freedom, and beneficence, and, therefore, should be considered prior to them. In this paper, I will apply this theory to two social controversies surrounding technological risk in Taiwan: the first case is the controversy that swirled around genetically modified organisms in the 1990s; the second is the controversy currently engulfing artificial intelligence.

Topic Category 人文學 > 人文學綜合
醫藥衛生 > 醫藥衛生綜合
醫藥衛生 > 醫藥總論
醫藥衛生 > 基礎醫學
醫藥衛生 > 預防保健與衛生學
醫藥衛生 > 社會醫學
社會科學 > 社會科學綜合