Herman Tavani

Herman T. Tavani, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Rivier University and a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health. The author or editor of more than 100 publications, he has written or edited five books on ethical aspects of information technology, including his textbook Ethics and Technology which will soon be available in a fourth edition. Tavani has presented keynote addresses and scholarly papers at institutions throughout Europe and in Japan, as well as at colleges and universities throughout the US.

Contact

Herman Tavani
Nashua, NH 03062
htavani@rivier.edu
Home Phone: 603-888-1173
Work Phone: 603-897-8469

Herman Tavani's Programs

Ethical Aspects of Converging Technologies

Ethical Aspects of Converging Technologies

Information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology are converging in ways that were not easily anticipated. We now have distinct new fields such as bioinformatics, computational genomics, nanocomputing and ubiquitous computing. These converging and emerging technologies also introduce a cluster of ethical problems that were not easy to predict or anticipate. Herman Tavani examines a range of issues -- from privacy and informed consent to autonomy and freedom to property rights involving the ownership of genetic information that resides in databases.

This program is also available as an online presentation.