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Las 432 Midterm Exam Answers

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LAS 432 Midterm Exam Answers
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LAS 432 Midterm Exam Answers
LAS 432 Midterm Exam Set 1 Latest 2016

Write essays of about one to one and a half pages (300-400 words) to each of the following questions.   Each question is based on an assigned chapter from our textbook.   Write the response in your own words.   You may use short quotes of a sentence or less from the textbook to support your ideas, and you may also refer to the videos we watched in class, but don’t use any web sites.   If your essay shows significant matching to external web sites, your grade will be adversely affected.

Chapter 1

In your own words, analyze and discuss the strengths and limitations of Kant’s categorical imperative, Mill’s utilitarianism, and Rawls’ positive and negative rights. Next, take a controversial issue in technology, such as Edward Snowden’s decision to leak classified documents (discussed in United States of Secrets), GM’s ignition system failure and coverup (from Failure to Recall), or free software vs. proprietary software (interview with Richard Stallman), and discuss it from the point of view of Kant, Mill, or Rawls.

Chapter 7

In section 7.3.1, (pp. 331-336), Baase discusses Neo-Luddite views of technology.   She mentions 8 specific criticisms of computers made by Neo-Luddites (pp. 334-335).   Of those 8 criticisms, choose the one you feel is most valid and discuss it in detail.   Provide one example of a form of modern technology that we’d be better off without.

Chapter 8

Assume that the family of one of the victims of the Therac-25 (pp.377-380) has filed three lawsuits.   They are suing the hospital that used the machine, the company that made the machine, and the programmer who wrote the software.   The lawsuits have been consolidated into one single case, and you are the judge.   It is up to you to decide the level of responsibility...


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