Provisional contents


1: Lost and Found

Trouble in paradise · The time is now · Instrumentalism, determinism, and mediation · Morals or ethics? · The myth of neutrality · Barriers to ethics.

2: Do No Harm?

Unintended consequences · Externalities · Algorithmic bias · Source of bias · Moral distribution · Moral relativism · The technocracy trap · Defining fairness · Mitigating bias · Moral imagination · Futuring · Design as provocation · Utopias and dystopias · User dissent and crisis · Redefining the stakeholder · A Hippocratic Oath? · Ethical infrastructure and diversity.

3: Persuasive Mechanisms

Force, persuasion, and inevitability · Dark patterns · Attention and addiction · Ethical experimentation · Persuasion and power · Political persuasion · Automated persuasion · Evidence collapse · Justifying persuasion: folk theories · Persuasive theories · The role of intent · Introducing deontology · Deontology applies · The veil of ignorance · Better persuasion · Regulation and opt-out.

4: The Data Deluge

Data metaphors · Data beyond advertising · Raw data is an oxymoron · Resigned to insecurity · Defining privacy · The data value exchange in theory and practice · Deidentification and reidentification · Seamlessness and trust · Data regulation · The right to be forgotten · Implications of regulation · Introducing utilitarianism · Scientific morality · Utilitarianism or deontology? · The ethics of ad-blocking · Fair data exchange · Material, not magic · Self-ownership and 'pocket AI' · Portability and differential privacy · The nuclear option: zero data · Privacy as strategy · Empowering the public.

5: Seeing Through New Eyes

The robot-readable world · Seeing machines · Talking to machines · Living with machines · The trolley problem is a red herring · The trouble with Asimov · The social contract · Designing coexistence · AI as companion species · Should we be polite to AIs? · Virtue ethics · Value-sensitive design · Non-human agency · Explainable AI · Phased autonomy, handover, and takeback · Is 'better' enough?

6: You Have Twenty Seconds To Comply

Looking at technology as force, deployed by militaries, governments, terrorists, hackers, and scammers. To include: hacking, ransomware and DDoS attacks, predictive policing, authoritarian surveillance, user safety including harassment and user crisis, technology in citizen dissent, Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, what should we not automate?

Ethical ideas introduced: ethics of killing, conscientious objection.

7: Software Is Heating The World

The ethics of technology’s impacts on the environment. To cover: blurring physico-digital boundaries, potential harm from software (e.g. VW defeat devices), planned obsolescence and consumer technology upgrade cycles, rare earth material mining, the energy costs of the internet, 3d printing and repair-at-home, sustainable design.

Ethical ideas introduced: environmental ethics, natural law.

8: No Cash, No Jobs, No Hope?

An examination of technology’s socioeconomic impact. To include: the politics and ethics of disruption, the AI breakdown of employment, Silicon Valley longevity projects, the search for human meaning in a post-work future, and the tempting dystopias of superintelligence.

Ethical ideas introduced: Marxist ethics, ethics of capitalism, animal/non-human ethics, robot personhood.

9: A New Digital Philosophy

How can we create more ethical tech and design cultures? To include: personal, company, and community obligations for ethical conduct, the role of professional organisations, means of engaging the public in technological debate, ethical whistleblowing, business cases for ethics.

Ethical ideas introduced: virtue ethics, feminist ethics.