Unique perspective as a Tech Ethicist, where I explore our evolving and complicated relationship with tech from an ethical, legal, and emotional perspective. Big Think, IBM thinkLeaders, and Quartz.
Everybody lies--to friends, families, and their significant other. But we appear to be brutally honest with our Google searches.
We seem to be typing our deepest, darkest fears into the ubiquitous search box. Unlike the curated and somewhat aspirational characters we portray on social media, our Google searches offer a window into the human psyche.
"I think there is something cathartic about telling things to Google that you don’t tell to anybody else," says Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. Stephens...
The tech industry needs more philosophy majors.
Instead of techies, Silicon Valley is in dire need of Fuzzy thinkers. While a "Techie" would be someone focused on computer science and engineering, a "Fuzzy" is a person immersed in the arts, humanities or social sciences. The term has been floating around the Stanford campus, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, since the late sixties.
Fuzzies Should Apply
There is a major misconception about Silicon Valley: it is populated entirely by a bu...
"The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment." -Warren Bennis
41% of Americans fear getting replaced by AI, automation, and digitization. This is according to new survey results by SelectHub, a "Technology Selection Management" company based in Colorado. The survey captured how professionals feel their jobs will be impacted by disruptive innovation, and what th...
We may be sleeping with Siri--but that's about it.
American couples are now having sex much less frequently than before the rise of smartphones, social media, and Netflix, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. Married couples now have sex 11 times fewer each year (from 67 to 56) than in 2002. Before this time, sexual frequency was relatively static.
The authors of the study looked at possible reasons for the overall decline in frequency, such as longer...
For Sale: your online browsing history.
-The apps you use
-Websites you visit
-Financial and health info
In a rare political move that has united liberals and conservatives in outrage, the United States Congress has voted to repeal an array of internet privacy protections. The House of Representatives and the Senate have both voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules initiated in the waning days of the Obama administration that had not yet gone into effec...
Our future as humans might be great. Or non-existent.
"On one side of the equation," states Sairah Ashman, "there is a very utopian view of what artificial intelligence will bring us." Ashman is Global COO for Wolff Olins, a creative consultancy firm. She recently gave a thought-provoking talk entitled Playing God, Being Human at the Collision conference in New Orleans, along with authoring a related essay to spark debate.
After painting a quick picture of a utopian future filled with flying ...
Is it ethical to get paid for 40 hours a week when only working two?
Such was the dilemma faced by a programmer who was able to automate his remote job six months ago, with his employer being none the wiser and pleased with the results. This situation, as first posted on The Workplace Q&A message board, brings forth difficult issues of transparency, what modern employees should be paid for (results-versus-time), and whether we are all automatable in the near future.
This comes on the heels of...
How about a nice game of chess?
The list of recent defeats where humans were overmatched by machines are well-known: chess champion Garry Kasparov losing against IBM's Deep Blue, Jeopardy wiz Ken Jennings being soundly defeated by IBM's Watson, and Go champion Lee Sodol losing to Google's AlphaGo.
We may also be able to add poker to the list of AI superiority.
Professional poker player Jason Les playing against Libratus, an AI program.
A recent twenty-day competition between poker champions (...
Privacy is dead. Long live privacy.
One of the greatest paradoxes regarding our tech use is how we profess to care about controlling our private information online, yet appear so willing to give it away. Although 92% of American internet users are worried about their online privacy and 64% feel it should be a human right, only 31% understand how companies share their information. There is a yawning gap between the expressed concern and the actions users take.
“Some people say we don’t care ab...