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Humans, technologies and ethics

Humans, technologies and ethics

In an era where morally flexible corporations impose their (un)ethical practices, it's more important than ever to establish our ethical practices and values to preserve our fundamental human rights, reduce inequalities and stay aware of the sociological impact of technologies.

Thoughts, possible solutions and case studies to awaken us to our role as actors in the field of technology.

Marc Aubé

March 15, 2019

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  3. "If we are going to make the most of it,

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    their ethical, social and human impact
  5. Responsible technology Has controls in place to react to and

    guard against unintended consequences