Technology ethics explores a question that no one has been able to answer to anyone's satisfaction: how can we create and use technologies that maximise benefits and minimise harm? This two-day lecture series will demonstrate how philosophy is a powerful tool that we can use to make and use technology more ethically.
On this first day, we will consider the question "Is technology neutral?" and examine a debate between various experts who take different sides on this question. Our aim is not to agree with them (or even with each other!) but rather to map out the different ways we can answer the question and apply it to our lives.
Stephanie Hare is a researcher, broadcaster and author focused on technology, politics and history. Selected for the BBC Expert Women programme and the Foreign Policy Interrupted fellowship, she contributes frequently to radio and television and has published in the Financial Times, The Washington Post, the Guardian/Observer, the Harvard Business Review, and WIRED. Previously she worked at Accenture, Palantir, and Oxford Analytica and held the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellowship at St Antony’s College, Oxford. She earned a PhD and MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including a year at the Université de la Sorbonne (Paris IV).
The lecturer's web site: https://www.harebrain.co/
The lecturer's book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60262350-technology-is-not-neutral
The book in the CERN Library: https://catalogue.library.cern/literature/xbv0a-6gw16