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FUTURE ETHICS

A book by Cennydd Bowles.

Technology was never neutral; its social, political, and moral impacts have become painfully clear. But the stakes will only get higher as connected cameras will watch over the city, algorithms oversee society’s most critical decisions, and transport, jobs, and even war become automated. The tech industry hasn’t yet earned the trust these technologies demand.

Based on Cennydd’s years of research and consulting, Future Ethics transforms modern ethical theory into practical advice for designers, product managers, and software engineers alike. Cennydd uses the three lenses of modern ethics to focus on some of the tech industry’s biggest challenges: unintended consequences and algorithmic bias, the troubling power of persuasive technology, and the dystopias of surveillance, autonomous war, and a post-work future.

Future Ethics is an intelligent, quietly provocative book that challenges technologists to stand up for change, and teaches essential ethical principles and methods for building a fairer future.

Available now in paperback and digital formats (Kindle & Apple Books).

 

Praise for Future Ethics

 
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‘An eloquent, insightful and utterly readable guide to thinking about the complicated mess we have made for ourselves. A must read for anyone who is inventing the future or cares about living in it.’

—Christina Wodtke, Stanford University


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‘Intellectual ideas in a style that’s both accessible and actionable for hands-on practitioners. This book covers some of the most important topics practitioners need to consider as they work with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other forms of advanced computing technologies.’

—Jon Kolko, Partner, Modernist Studio


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‘At a time when technologists are only starting to grasp how their values and biases weave through the products they build, Cennydd’s long-lens view of ethics is exactly what designers, product managers and builders of today’s digital products need.’

—Azeem Azhar, Exponential View


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‘We need good books about ethics now more than ever. Practitioners need guidance on how to think ethically, how to detect ethical choices, and how to resolve ethical dilemmas. That’s exactly what this book is, and it’s destined to become a well-thumbed classic.’

Alan Cooper