Schlagwort-Archiv: ethics

Machine – power – morality: Why digitization requires ethics

Article on New technologies create new possibilities. But the euphoria – and pessimism – associated with technology both blind us to the opportunities and risks that lie behind it. What does digitization have to offer society, and us as individuals? How can we ensure that innovations don’t boomerang on us? Even the best algorithms leave us in the lurch when it comes to this question.

In a video interview with Cornelia Diethelm, thought leader and founder of the Centre for Digital Responsibility (CDR), you will learn about what she would expect from a digital ethic, and why even Generation Z, the most digital of all generations, is not entirely comfortable thinking about the digital future… read more …


Facial recognition in Digital Age

Article in „Datasciencecentral“ by „Sandeep Raut“: Do you remember Hollywood movies Terminator: Rise of Machines or Ex Machina where facial recognition technologies are used in several ways? Today with digital technological advances, face recognition has become very important for businesses, to know who the customer is and send hyper-personalized offers to generate more revenues.… read more




Fintech: who is responsible if AI makes mistakes when suggesting investments?

Article in „Lexology“ by DLA Piper“: The recently reported legal action brought for damages due to wrong investments resulting from algorithms-based automated decision-making processes is one of the first known cases of this type. The case has received some attention from the media worldwide and has contributed to reopen the debate on the issue of liability connected to the use of Artificial Intelligence systems (“AI”). The question at issue is, in brief: who is held liable for the damages caused by AI and who shall compensate such damages, if any. …read more…


Managing The Ethics Of Algorithms

Article in „Forbes“ by „Insights Contributor“: In her 2016 cautionary best-seller, “Weapons of Math Destruction,” Cathy O’Neil tells the story of Sarah Wysocki, a popular and by all accounts successful teacher in Washington, D.C. In 2009, her school district introduced an algorithmic method to measure teacher performance, with the plan of terminating the bottom 2% of the district’s staff. By 2011, Wysocki had gotten the boot. Why? Because the computer had identified her a bad teacher, despite the raves of parents and administrators. …read more…


Ethics committees are silencing academics

Article in „Spiked“ by Joanna Williams: Last year, what became widely known as ‘Sokal Squared’ — that is, the submission of numerous fake papers to academic journals — was heralded as exposing the credulity, confirmation bias and low research standards within disciplines labelled ‘grievance studies’. To some, this was an exemplary hoax, both hilarious and critical. To the perpetrators – Helen Pluckrose, James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian – it was a serious investigation, a ‘probe’ intended to shed light on ‘a corruption of scholarship that puts politically motivated research ahead of honest inquiry’. …read more


What does the US government know about you?

Article in “” by Dennis Anon: How much does the US government know about you? It’s not a question easily answered. The US government operates the largest and most advanced spying, surveillance, and data collection programs on the planet. It’s made up of multiple law enforcement and intelligence agencies, some of which operate in secret. The federal government, of course, consists more than two dozen major agencies that perform regular record keeping for operational purposes, such as the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Social Security Administration. more

GDPR, Digital Ethics And What Facebook Should Do

Article in “which-50” by Frank Buytendijk. Zuckerberg did well during the hearings. He did what he had to do, represent his company to the best of his abilities. He did with an admirable patience, answering questions from senators that were mostly not amongst the best informed. “No, we don’t sell data to advertisers”. …read more …


What does it take to be an ethical leader?

Article on LinkedIn Pulse: Ethical business leadership is not a new concept. It is naturally present in well-managed companies but the public expectation of leaders’ behaviour has risen as the public’s trust in business has fallen. This is a global issue and business leaders need to address it because, collectively, business is losing its social licence to operate. …read more


Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend

Article in “NewYork Times” by Noam Cohen: LATE last month, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a brief post on Facebook at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, asking his friends for forgiveness not just for his personal failures but also for his professional ones, especially “the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together.” He was heeding the call of the Jewish Day of Atonement to take stock of the year just passed as he pledged…read more


Without the humanities, great tech cannot exist. Here’s why

Articlye by the “World Economic Forum”: In 2005, the late writer David Foster Wallace delivered a now-famous commencement address. It starts with the story of the fish in water, who spend their lives not even knowing what water is. They are naively unaware of the ocean that permits their existence, and the currents that carry them. …read more


How Facebook – the Wal-Mart of the internet – dismantled online subcultures

Article in „“: Before the internet, people interested in body modification – not just tattoo and piercing enthusiasts, but those drawn to more unusual practices like ear pointing, tongue splitting, suspension, scarification and the voluntary amputation of limbs and organs – had a difficult time meeting others who shared their interests. The internet, of course, changed everything: You can chat and connect with anyone from your computer. And in 1994 – more than a decade before Facebook launched – body modification enthusiasts started their own social media platform: the Body Modification E-zine, or BME. … read more


Fighting climate change with digitalization

Article on „LinkedIn“ by Thierry Breton: Following COP22, which saw the adoption of a work program to successfully apply the Paris Agreement on climate change, several states, including France, came together in the „2050 Pathways“ coalition to reach zero net emissions by 2050. More than 200 companies, including Atos, have also decided to get in line with the „two degrees“ pathway by signing up to the initiative Science Based Targets. Whatever their strategic plan, one thing is certain: countries, cities, and companies will be relying on data and digitalization to try to prevent global warming. …read more


The Geography of Remote Work

Article in „“ by Laetitia Vitaud: Tech seems to have abolished distance: people are increasingly connected and communication is cheaper than it’s ever been. Armed with an Internet connection and a smartphone, we can work from anywhere! Remote work is a growing phenomenon for many companies willing to reduce office space and cut costs or to recruit and keep talent by offering them more flexibility. Yet both economic activity and population are increasingly concentrated in just a few areas, while many more places become economic and demographic deserts. Why do people flock more and more to these areas when they could choose to live and work in cheaper places? If distance is dead, then why is real-estate more and more expensive in large cities? Why are digital nomads—a growing trend in the startup world— still so marginal? …read more



From cyberwarfare to drones, the future of conflict is electronic

Article by Rick Stella in „“: Innovation can take many forms: Today’s computers are faster. Space travel is cheaper. Artificial intelligence is smarter than ever before. The military is … well …While the details on Intel’s latest processors or LG’s new OLED technology remain a simple Google search away, the uniquely secretive processes of the United States military make it tough to know what’s truly cutting edge. …read more