07 December 2016

Ethics are Required

Jews are evil. Muslims need to be eradicated. And Hitler? Do you want to know about Hitler? Let’s Google it. “Was Hitler bad?” I type. And here’s Google’s top result: “10 Reasons Why Hitler Was One Of The Good Guys” I click on the link: “He never wanted to kill any Jews”; “he cared about conditions for Jews in the work camps”; “he implemented social and cultural reform.” Eight out of the other 10 search results agree: Hitler really wasn’t that bad.  - "Google, Democracy and the Truth about Internet Search," The Guardian

I've said it so many times already, and I fear that I will have to keep on saying it forever…. but just as students studying Nuclear Physics in school are required to take Ethics in Science, students in MBA and CS programs absolutely must be required to take Ethics (in Business or in Technology) courses.

For fuck's sake people... if the implications and the consequences and the trade-offs are not already clear to you then you're willfully denying reality.

Fix. Your. Shit.


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