In this paper I argue that we can no longer afford to ignore technology's so-called 'soft' impacts, as this type of impact is becoming increasingly prominent in affluent societies where people have sufficient resources to pursue self-realization and where technologies are becoming more and more 'intimate' as they pervade our life-world. These soft impacts come with their own type of normative challenges. The first challenge is to acknowledge the mutual shaping of technology and morality that causes soft impacts to be fundamentally morally ambiguous. The second challenge is to anticipate soft impacts, which requires a rich and thick description of our morally-laden current practices in the light of plausible technomoral change provoked by emerging technologies. The third and last challenge is to avoid both relativism and foundationalism, by opting for an open and learning attitude vis a vis the ways new and emerging technologies put our current morals into question.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Etikk i Praksis|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|