Philosophia Reformata 85 (2):138-156 (2020)

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Phil Woodward
Valparaiso University
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I discuss three tiers of technological innovation: mild innovation, or the acceleration by technology of a human activity aimed at a good; moderate innovation, or the obviation by technology of an activity aimed at a good; and radical innovation, or the altering by technology of the human condition so as to change what counts as a good. I argue that it is impossible to morally assess proposed innovations within any of these three tiers unless we rehabilitate a natural-law ethical framework. And I offer some moral starting points within such a framework, in connection with innovations of each of the three types.
Keywords Natural Law Theory  Technology  Artificial Intelligence  Human Nature
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DOI 10.1163/23528230-8502a001
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