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Moral Responsibility of a Computer Programmer

Debate the moral responsibility of one agent (Computer Programmer) associated with the two Therac-25 overdoses which occurred in Tyler, Texas. Give reasons why the Computer Programmer SHOULD bear at least SOME of the moral responsibility for the deaths.

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Debate the moral responsibility of one agent (Computer Programmer) associated with the two Therac-25 overdoses which occurred in Tyler, Texas. Give reasons why the Computer Programmer SHOULD bear at least SOME of the moral responsibility for the deaths. Use these resources to help discover necessary history related to the case:
http://computingcases.org/case_materials/therac/therac_case_intro.html

There is this famous quote "Software may power the post-industrial world, but the creation of software remains a pre-industrial trade" in an article [1]. Although software is everything and everywhere and has become an essential part of human life (probably even some animals and plants used for human benefits or even otherwise!) however it does suck when it doesn't work the way it's supposed to. There's software in vehicles, building elevators, construction machinery, home appliances, communications, shopping, the way we study these days (online!) to name a few examples BUT the ...

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Software is everything and everywhere and has become an essential part of human life however making software requires the designers, developers, and programmers to be morally responsible in case of any crisis.

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