Technological Development and Well-Being

  • Maria Isabel Aldinhas FerreiraEmail author
Part of the Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering book series (ISCA, volume 95)


The way progress—conducted on the basis of extracting the maximum economic and financial profit—is menacing humanity and the very planet has led to (i) a deeper awareness that all scientific and technological development somehow impact on human physical and social environment (ii) that this development has frequently come with a very high existential cost (iii) that an ethical reflection prior to any effective technological deployment is not only advisable but it is certainly a priority. The complexity of 4IT revolution imposes the adoption of a shift of paradigm from a production-oriented measurement system to one focused on the well-being of the present and future generations.


4IT revolution Ethics Metrics for development Well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1. Centro de Filosofia da Universidade de LisboaFaculdade de Letras da Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Superior Técnico, Institute for Systems and RoboticsUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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