Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #869 - Have we lost what it means to be human?
I should curb my rampant category creation, but I figure "robots" is one I may use more often. In fact, I should populate it with some robot stuff I have already.
Just a share today.
I liked this article. It was recommended to me by multiple people, so that scores higher than just one recommendation.
I am also sharing this one with my students in the Writing for Online Environments class. And yes, that's self serving. Instead of just serving up the link, I post the content on my blog and serve up the link to my blog.
But that's "Writing" for the Online environment, right?
Here's one of my favorite lines from the following:
We should be educated stakeholders in our own future
ORIGINAL CONTENT HERE -
In our focus on the digital, have we lost our sense of what being human means? | Genevieve Bell | Opinion | The Guardian
In our focus on the digital, have we lost our sense of what being human means?
We have a moral obligation to start talking about our future and the role of technology in it. We are more than just intelligence and data
|‘I know we can still shape that world, and make it into a place which reflects our humanity, our cultures and our cares’ Photograph: Tegan Osborne|
Build new approaches
Invest in the human-scale conversation
We need to invest in hard conversations that tackle the ethics, morality and underlying cultural philosophy of these new digital technologies in Australian lives. Do we need an institute or a consortium or a governmental thinktank? I am not sure, but I think it would be a good start. We have a great deal of concern about our future and the role of technology in it. We have a responsibility to tell more nuanced, and yes, more complicated stories – governments, NGOs, industry, news media, every one of us. We also have a responsibility to ask better questions ourselves. We should be educated stakeholders in our own future; and this requires work and willingness to get past the easy seduction of killer robots. So the next time you hear a story about those killer robots, ask yourself: what is the history of this technology? What are its vested interests? Who are its beneficiaries? And most importantly, what is the broader context into which it fits?
Strive for accountability
How will our humanness be expressed in a world shaped by algorithms in which you have no say, and into which you have no insight? Should there be accountability, transparency and openness? And if so, to whom? And how would we manifest that? Where is the duty of care for this new data-driven version of our smart, fast and connected digital world? We should be actively developing an appropriate regulatory and policy frame work for Australia. Should Australians, own their data, as Europeans do? Should we mandate that algorithms are subject to review and scrutiny, even when they are built elsewhere and by commercial interests? Should we require, as we do with new drug treatments, that they be appropriately tested before they are released here? And how do we ensure that our regulators and policy makers fully understand these new technologies and infrastructures? We ask board directors to be certified financially – perhaps we should ask our regulators and politicians to be certified technically.
Make our own futures
- Professor Genevieve Bell is presenter of the ABC’s 2017 Boyer Lectures and director of the Autonomy, Agency & Assurance (3A) Innovation Institute at ANU, co-founded by Data61
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.
I miss you so very much, Mom.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1711.22 - 10:10
NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.