I know there's a lot of scary stuff in the world right now, but this is something I've been thinking about that I can't get out of my head.
As a cast member on a show about tech., our job entails visiting tech. companies/conferences etc. We meet people eager to show off new tech.
Often we'll see tech that is scary. I don't mean weapons etc. I mean altering video, tech that violates privacy, stuff with obvious ethical issues. And we'll bring up our concerns to them. We are realizing that ZERO consideration seems to be given to the ethical implications of tech.
They don't even have a pat rehearsed answer. They are shocked at being asked. Which means nobody is asking those questions. 'We're not making it for that reason but the way people choose to use it isn't our fault. Safeguard will develop.'
But tech. is moving so fast.
That there is no way humanity or laws can keep up. We don't even know how to deal with open death threats online.
Only 'Can we do this?' Never 'should we do this?' We've seen that same blasé attitude in how Twitter or Facebook deal with abuse/fake news.
Tech. has the capacity to destroy us. We see the negative effect of social media & no ethical considerations are going into development of tech.
You can't put this stuff back in the box. Once it's out there, it's out there. And there are no guardians. It's terrifying. The end.