Technologists have finally understood that utopianism has run its course. The days of inexorable, starry-eyed disruption are gone; public, press, and governments alike now treat the tech industry’s promises with suspicion. Tech companies may have moved fast, but they also broke many things.
In recent years an ethics movement has erupted within the tech sector – but it too faces a difficult future. Questions of impact dog the field, and its vocal figures have faced resistance or even outright hostility from the companies they advise.
Cennydd Bowles, author of Future Ethics, will explore a movement at a crossroads. Will the industry regain the trust emerging technologies demand? What causes nascent ethical initiatives to succeed or stumble? Can mobilised workers genuinely shift the cultures of tech firms? And what emerging themes, from regulation to radical inclusion, will shape the moral future of technology?
Primary themes: Responsible innovation, unintended consequences, externalities, contemporary ethics, collective action.
About Our Speaker
Cennydd Bowles Managing Director, NowNext Studio
Cennydd Bowles is a designer and futurist with nearly two decades of experience advising companies including Twitter, Samsung, Accenture, and the BBC. He is the author of Future Ethics – “a must read for anyone who is inventing the future” – and now runs responsible design and futures studio NowNext.
We will be using an online networking and conference tool called Airmeet to deliver this live presentation.
This event will be recorded and Triangle UXPA members will have access to the recording post-event.
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