International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 15, Issue 1, Spring 2001

William Spees
Pages 59-64

Ethical Responsibilities of Software Developers in Developing Simulations
The Robotic Pet

Recent innovations in computer software development have produced a new breed of pet, AIBO 2, a robotic pet that simulates the behavior of real pets. This paper argues that software developers who create such simulations have ethical responsibilities to product users and to society. The paper concludes with some general ethical guidelines for software developers to follow when engaged in projects involving real-world simulations.