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Engineering360: "In conversation: A framework for assessing new technology"

08/01/2019 1:01 PM

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Re: In conversation: A framework for assessing new technology

08/01/2019 11:12 PM

A great summary set of guidelines and thanks for the acknowledgement! An observation:

Engineers are being asked (with increasing frequency) to review their designs for privacy, security, safety, and in some applications moral, implications and risks. In your section on which technologies to focus on, and what questions to ask, future generations will be asking 'what ethical ramifications did you consider before releasing the technology in an era of exponential adoption'?

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Re: In conversation: A framework for assessing new technology

08/02/2019 12:31 AM

Dear Mr. Wright, many thanks for your leadership and on-target question-- very well said.

As engineers, we do receive ethics training as a part of our professional conduct and social responsibility, however, as you have noted what we have witnessed more recently -- in this ”exponential era” of acceleration of knowledge (as well as increased speed of bias, ignorance, and disinformation) all of which lead to different frameworks/ethos for progress & ethical conduct.

For example, the influence/use of mass media in a profit-driven market-share domination -- win at any cost disinformation (sadly the news on various campaigns to influence the public), or adverse impacts on civil/human rights.... Or setting up a honeycomb to attract followers at any cost... And even extending to ethical dilemmas, at say Facebook or Google (”do no evil”), or Cambridge Analytica, among others... All pose relevant and real issues!

Please stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of this interview.

Further thoughts and feedback on how to preserve/extend evidence-based and data-driven outcomes, training and developing ethical and accountable executives and leaders, supporting laws, org's/institutions, who advance/power true progress, ... Are all most welcome.

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Re: In conversation: A framework for assessing new technology

08/02/2019 9:33 AM

A lot of this seems to reduce to "do the best we can". But within an environment of exponential change, we humans too often lose ground. We're much more comfortable with linear change. This implies increased use of the various sub-disciplines of AI. I am concerned about the training and direction of our increasingly critical-to-society AI. There is potential here to greatly alter the trajectory of humanity. I'm hoping that you can touch on this issue in one of your next posts.

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Re: In conversation: A framework for assessing new technology

08/02/2019 12:15 PM

Dear Mike, many thanks for posting and correctly highlighting the dramatically increased speeds and potential of ramifications.

We approach such real issues and previously intangibles, in the opposite of merely ”doing the best we can” — we accept and incorporate complexities and uncertainties, address them as noted, anticipate pinch points and bifurcations -- and proactively address them... with explicitly banding the uncertainty, with foresight (projecting forward -analogous to a multitiered chess game, with unexpected moves - and with the ability to learn, adapt and enact rapidly. More coming!

Ps. As background please see a few examples under “Leadership and Social Implications of Technology”, at the bottom of the webpage http://massoud-amin.umn.edu/publications.html

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