The boundary between machine capabilities and what once seemed uniquely human has certainly moved over the years, justifying concerns that the relatively new field of roboethics addresses. Roboethics goes beyond job losses and looks at the impact of robotization on society as a whole; that is the major topic here. (I will address job losses at the end.) An algorithm can be unethical in both obvious and subtle ways. It could be illegal, as may have been the case with Volkswagen’s engine management algorithms for its “clean” diesel engines. It could be unethical in the sense that it violates a sense of fair play. More subtly, an algorithm could take on decision-making roles that a Read more
Paul Clermont is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies practice. He takes a clear, practical view of how information technology can transform organizations and what it takes to direct both business people and technicians toward that end. His expertise includes directing, managing, and organizing information technology; reengineering business processes to take full advantage of technology; and developing economic models and business plans. <a href="http://www.cutter.com/experts/paul-clermont" Read more ...
“Never make forecasts, especially about the future.” — Sam Goldwyn This is particularly good advice for those with the courage (temerity? foolhardiness?) to forecast trends in technology. We can safely predict that technologies will get better/faster/cheaper/smaller, but which ones? Who will use them? How? For what? Back in the days when fairly standard IT was just bought by organizations with cost-conscious and risk-averse CFOs, the only question was how much technology would be bought, which depended largely on the overall economy. Starting in the 1980s, when ordinary people began buying IT, much of it from brand-new companies, predicting consumers’ tastes and quantifying their demand presented a whole new challenge. Add in the Internet, and what Read more