The Center for the Study of Ethics and Technology (CSET) exists to promote sustained and vigorous thinking about the ethical consequences of technological change. To that end, the Center will offer courses, colloquia, and online resources dedicated to understanding the role of technology in human affairs.
While human beings have always used tools to make their way in the world, the scope, complexity, and power of our tools have grown exponentially over the last two centuries. This change has unfolded at a bewildering pace, making it difficult to perceive and address the attendant moral and ethical challenges which confront individuals, institutions, and communities.
In the decades ahead, similar challenges will continue to emerge. Advances in digital technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence, and technologies of human enhancement promise to raise a host of new ethical quandaries. Keeping up with the pace of technological change is hard enough, finding thoughtful commentary that helps clarify the moral stakes is harder still. Through its various offerings, CSET aims to make the best thinking about technology available to those trying to live wisely with technology.
Mr. Michael Sacasas serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics. He earned his MA in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2002. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida. His dissertation examines the work of Hannah Arendt and the resources it offers to those seeking to understand the personal, social, and political implications of emerging technologies. He has written about technology and society for a variety of outlets including The New Inquiry, Rhizomes, The American, Mere Orthodoxy, and Second Nature Journal.
CSET is a center of the Greystone Theological Institute.