Many people watched and read about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day visit to the US congress, where he was required to answer some pretty bad questions about privacy, user data, and data collection.
These issues have become some of the most pressing ethical questions of our generation (and the most ignored by users). This leads us to consider if it’s right for companies to sell user data for profit at all.
On one hand, promoters of progress view the positive impact all this accumulated knowledge from Google, facebook, Netflix, Amazon, or yelp could have on the future with optimistic eyes.
On the other, people like Jaron Lanier argues that, “…in an automated world, information is more important to the economy than manual labour, and yet we are expected to surrender information generated by or about ourselves — a valuable resource — for free.”
The implicit theme is whomever controls (and benefits) from data, owns the world (and the future).
The question we ask this week is ‘who owns the future?’ It all depends on which future we create. The future evangelized by the promoters of “the new capitalism” or one where the future will be driven by virtuous humans driven by “courage, justice, prudence and temperance” — as Aristotle defined ethics — rather than by algorithms and AI.
What’s changing: Friday, April 13th, 2018
- The future of cities. Are cities becoming too big for humans to manage? 7 minute read
- Our devices are listening. Do we have to watch what we say in front of machines? 5 minute read
- Documentary: Do you trust this computer? An exploration of the ethical implications of integrating machine learning systems into society. Elon Musk recommends we watch it as soon as possible. 78 minute watch
- The top 10 ethical issues of our time. A list of dilemmas in science and technology. 3 minute read
- Trust. A human crisis. We used to have it, but now we’ve lost it. 8 minute read
- We must understand blockchain to save ourselves. 9 minute read
- AI is rapidly getting better than humans at pretty much everything. Is better always the best option? 6 minute read
- 17 books to create a ______ future. 8 minute read
“The quality of our relationships is what determines the quality of our lives.” From Esther Perel keynote “The Future of Love, Lust and Listening” at SXSW 2018
Food for thought
You’ll never look at the internet the same again.
Curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist @inakiescudero