Design Ethics

Oliver Reichenstein on design ethics changing little:

The discussion around “ethics” in technology is mostly smoke. The rest is mirrors. There is this expectation of a specialist coming in, the ethicist, the tech ethicist, the AI ethicist, or the design ethicist, that will tell these companies how to be better. The ethicist will solve their ethical dilemmas, logically, with a set of algorithmic rules, and then the corporations will be able to decide which rules their code or “AI” should follow—or not… The idea that ethical specialist can save tech is preposterous. It unveils a complete ignorance of what ethics is, what can and should do.

April 14, 2019