The Fondazione Giannino Bassetti organization recently published “Conversations on Innovation, Power and Responsibility.” In this document, author Jeff Ubois captured a few of my thoughts in a section entitled: “Applying the UN Declaration of Human Rights” (pp 31-33). And as related to “is technology good or evil?” I said this:
Excerpt: “You probably can’t stop people from doing R&D to see what’s possible. But then how is it going to be deployed, what are its controls, what’s the oversight and accountability? And on and on, a series of checkpoints about how it’s going to be used,” Jonas says. “Until you pair the technology up with the use, you can’t even begin to assess its spectrum of good to evil. You have to go right to a use case and right to a governance model, and then you can start determining where it is going to sit on the spectrum of good versus evil.”
The entire publication is available in PDF here.
And then, of course, everyone can just change their mind and use something planned for one purpose for an entirely different purpose: A coat hanger to open a car door.
Giannino Bassetti Foundation: Jeff Ubios