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id b37b
authors Gero, J. S.
year 1975
title Ethics in computer-aided design: A polemic
source ACM SIGDA Newsletter, 5(4): 9-14
summary It is one of the difficulties of the scientific approach to problem solving that the variables need to be defined at the beginning of the investigation. This i s further exacerbated when computer based techniques are applied because of the need to define variables explicitly . Current problem solving is directed to handling only well defined problems in which certain variables are assumed to be exogenous - the educational system schools people in methods for manipulating problems at this level. It appears that computer-aided design systems, in general, have not been able to incorporate any adequate value systems within them nor have they been able to provide a means of examining the problem in an ethos borader than' the one defined at the outset. Both of these difficulties are considered within the ambit of ethics. It is suggested that subjective value systems can be easily incorporated with the use of interactive computing but that the 'ethics of the whole system' present a thornier problem.
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type normal paper
email john@arch.usyd.edu.au
more http://www.arch.usyd.edu.au/~john/
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