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Shannon Vallor receives 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics

Shannon Vallor, Associate Professor of Philosophy and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, has been awarded the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics by the World Technology Network at their annual summit, November 19-20 in New York City

The World Technology Awards are presented each year to the outstanding innovators from each sector within the technology arena and announced in a gala ceremony at the close of the annual World Technology Summit, a global gathering to explore what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies. In addition to technical awards in a wide range of fields in science and engineering, awards categories include technology law, education, media, entertainment, policy, ethics, environment and social entrepreneurship. Finalists are chosen from a pool of nominees in each category by Fellows of the World Technology Network.

Vallor’s research explores the philosophy and ethics of emerging technologies, and in particular, the impact of emerging technologies on the moral and intellectual habits, skills and virtues of human beings—our character. Her teaching and research also engages with the ethical demands of the engineering profession, particularly in the software sector.