human practices? How are we to morally evaluate techlogy developments that have open horizons, encompass uncertainties, and lack control? Techlogy is in- uential on society; techlogical invations act upon the perception of ourselves, the world, and our relation with fellow humans and other objects. Techlogy is changing everything we do by creating new entities (such as software, nap- ticles, or Internet), by changing the scale of activities (e. g. vast amounts of data about people can be stored and analysed, and t infrequently without people - ing aware of this), by generating new kinds of kwledge (for instance about i- nesses, the human geme and so on). Techlogies, as a consequence, impinge upon our morality and for this reason an ethics of techlogy should t wait passively until moral problems arise and t only focus on identi ed and exi- ing moral problems, but contemplate techlogy developments and possible - pacts proactively. However, this is easier said than done, because a prospective and proactive evaluation of techlogy developments is complicated by complexity and uncertainty. The uncertainty of techlogy development is closely related to one of the str- ing features of techlogy, namely what Jim Moor has coined logical malleability. (1985, 269) Techlogical devices are logically malleable in that they can be shaped to do any activity that can be characterised in terms of logical operations.
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The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology