Mariarosaria Taddeo is with the University of Hertfordshire as a Marie Curie Fellow.  Her research involves the broad areas of informational conflicts and their ethical implications.  More specifically, Taddeo is studying the philosophy of information, information and computer ethics, the philosophy of technology, the philosophy of artificial intelligence, and multiagent systems.

A fundamental objective of Taddeo’s work is helping our philosophy catch up with our technology.  I am grateful to see research in this area.

In his 1970 classic book, Future Shock, Alvin Toffler warned us our future would necessitate increasingly deeper study into how people engage the constantly changing future and all its technology.  Technology has taken on a life of its own.  Not that this is necessarily a bad thing mind you.  All of us benefit greatly from the visible and invisible technological muscle that exercises itself 24/7 to support humanity in all our activity.

Nevertheless, we must see our philosophy catch up with our technology.  Deficiencies in this arena often lead to failures in our ethics and our behaviors, thereby harming everyone.

As our civilization continues to develop, things don’t tend to get less complicated—they tend to get more complicated.  That complexity requires examination.  That examination requires a cogent, moral, ethical, practical response.

May Taddeo and her ilk live long and prosper!  I look forward to their findings.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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