Software is eating the world. We, developers and architects, are a major force influencing software, technology, and the world it creates. We don’t have the privilege of being unaware of our actions. If we really want to create a better world, we must understand the intersection of technology and humanity. We need to open our eyes to the link between ethics and software.
In this session we’ll look at some examples of ethical questions involving software and algorithms. We’ll discuss technology, sense of self, politics, truth, and try to understand what we can do about it.
Rotem Hermon, SAP
Making the world a better
since 450 BC
“Software is eating the world”
The basic problem is that web 2.0 tools are not
supportive of democracy by design. They are tools
designed to gather spy-agency-like data in a seductive
way, first and foremost, but as a side effect they tend to
provide software support for mob-like phenomena.
Facebook has never been merely a social platform.
Rather, it exploits our social interactions the way a
Tupperware party does. Facebook does not exist to
help us make friends, but to turn our network of
connections, brand preferences, and activities over
time — our “social graphs” — into a commodity for
others to exploit.
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