KEYNOTE: DO WE NEED A NEW ETHICS FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES?
18 Jul 2019
The ethics of emerging technologies and of the firms that create them - is a hot topic today. Employees, citizens and regulators are coming up against ethical quandaries at every turn: from addictive content to addictive devices; platforms which let their data leak to phones that won't; gene editing that promises to cure organisms at risk to techniques that create new, risky organisms. Major tech companies are hiring philosophers, and rights organizations are starting to worry about 'ethics washing'. What is different about emerging technologies like machine learning, distributed ledgers and the latest genome editing approaches that has led to these crises? Is it possible to invest in, develop and use these technologies and many others in ethical ways? And, in the face of global competition, does it matter?