Technology is never just a neutral agent; it always reflects the prejudices, morals, and false assumptions of its society. What should we pay attention to so that these do not become part of new products? Designer and writer Cennydd Bowles explains in this keynote speech from iJS London 2019 what IT ethical product design is all about.
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 will become automated. The tech industry hasn’t yet earned the trust that these technologies demand.
Drawing on years of research for his new book “Future Ethics”, designer Cennydd Bowles will illuminate the moral challenges that lie ahead for technologists, and discuss how practitioners and companies can create more thoughtful, ethical products for future generations.
Cennydd Bowles is a London-based designer with fifteen years of experience advising clients including Twitter, Ford, Cisco, and the BBC. His focus today lies on the ethics of emerging technology. He has lectured on the topic at Facebook, Stanford University, and Google, and is a sought-after speaker at technology and design events worldwide. His second book, Future Ethics, was published in 2018.