This general “challenge” I’m submitting is admittedly very broad and nebulous, but I’ve noticed that issues related to ethical considerations are coming up in many of the ideas and technologies discussed throughout our subdomain conversations (for example, the Universal Assembler, Less-lethal Law Enforcement, Cost Shifting, and Wider participation in space discussions, among others…).
What are the challenges in establishing a set of ethical standards, principles, or practices for key areas of new emerging technologies? In your opinion, how much of an impact would an established, widely agreed-upon set of standards have on shaping the future advancement of these technologies? What ideals or standards for tech currently exist or are applied in the domains we are focusing on here (climate, health, space, energy, food)? Who are the entities making the decisions, or rather, who should they be?
These are a lot of questions but just wanted to open up this space for a larger multifaceted discussion and have a potential repository of resources from our highly knowledgeable community of experts.