Technology gives us  enormous new powers: to know more — and more about each other — than ever before. Think about the amount of data a company like Google has about you: what you’ve searched for, who you’ve emailed, your birthday, address, etc. Now consider the ethics of what a company can do with all that data – or more importantly what they should do.

Google’s In-House Philosopher (and Director of Engineering) Damon Horowitz tackled this idea in a talk earlier this year at TEDxSiliconValley. “Drawing the audience into a philosophical discussion, Horowitz invites us to pay new attention to the basic philosophy — the ethical principles — behind the burst of invention remaking our world. Where’s the moral operating system that allows us to make sense of it?” Check out his talk below, or at TED.

One Response

  1. Robert

    Really good post, but I really don’t like his conclusion that we just have to think about it to figure it out. There are processes that give us a relatively good framework from which to work from when deciding on moral questions. The most simple and best is the golden rule, but it must be properly understood.