THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM says beneficial outcomes should be the focus when making choices about technology.
Technology reflects its makers, they say, and our focus needs to be on not only on what technologies are being made but how they are being made. What are the underlying ethics and values?
- A ‘wait-and-see’ approach is futile
- There will be unimagined and unintended consequences
- Diversity of perspectives is essential
- New disciplines and inter-disciplinary methods are needed
- New tools – a six-step process to convert aspirations to outcomes
- New skills – areas where individual strengths need to shift
- New partnerships – collaborations that previously might have been unlikely can create valuable new insights
- New institutions – either radical transformation of existing institutions or forming new ones that are more purpose-built for circumstance ahead
Technologies inevitably embody the values of their creators, whether a small team of engineers or a large group of nations imagining a collective destiny
- Thomas Philbeck, Head of Technology, Society and Policy, World Economic Forum
- Nicholas Davis, Head of Society and Innovation, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
- Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen, Knowledge Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum