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Ethical, environmental and social issues for machine vision in manufacturing industry
Author(s): Bruce G. Batchelor; Paul F. Whelan
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Paper Abstract

Some of the ethical, environmental and social issues relating to the design and use of machine vision systems in manufacturing industry are highlighted. The authors' aim is to emphasize some of the more important issues, and raise general awareness of the need to consider the potential advantages and hazards of machine vision technology. However, in a short article like this, it is impossible to cover the subject comprehensively. This paper should therefore be seen as a discussion document, which it is hoped will provoke more detailed consideration of these very important issues. It follows from an article presented at last year's workshop. Five major topics are discussed: (1) The impact of machine vision systems on the environment; (2) The implications of machine vision for product and factory safety, the health and well-being of employees; (3) The importance of intellectual integrity in a field requiring a careful balance of advanced ideas and technologies; (4) Commercial and managerial integrity; and (5) The impact of machine visions technology on employment prospects, particularly for people with low skill levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1995
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2597, Machine Vision Applications, Architectures, and Systems Integration IV, (3 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.223966
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Bruce G. Batchelor, Univ. of Wales College Cardiff (United Kingdom)
Paul F. Whelan, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2597:
Machine Vision Applications, Architectures, and Systems Integration IV
Bruce G. Batchelor; Susan Snell Solomon; Frederick M. Waltz, Editor(s)

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