Failure to thrive: Value scenarios with in the framework of well-being and flourishing


In this essay, I suggest that Richard Kraut's ethics of well-being may provide a useful framework for understanding value. I explore how this framework can expand value implications in value scenarios. In exploring unintended uses of technology, it may be helpful to ask how a new technology can cause a failure to thrive in someone's exercise of their cognitive, affective, sensory, physical, sexual, and social powers. Focusing on areas where technology could have an impact on someone's well being (causing it to flourish or to fail to thrive) could enable designers to consider which technologies are problematical or have certain propensities of use that need to be designed out.

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