Below is a non-exhaustive collection of sources that were used in, or are somehow related to, my study of the relationship between technology and social values. I don’t guarantee that I’ve organized these sources in the best way or even in a good way. They definitely aren’t in any kind of intelligent order, though I have tried (feebly) to group them by topic.
Inclusion of a source in the list below does not necessarily mean I endorse its viewpoint or vouch for its quality, only that I found its content relevant and worth sharing.
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- Amish America (mostly based, of course, on work by Donald Kraybill)
- Amish legal systems by David Friedman (includes discussion of the ordnung; again, half the citations are of course to Kraybill)
- AI bias
- “A Voting-Based System for Ethical Decision Making”
- “The Tortoise and the (Soft)ware“
- “The Machines are Coming“
- Why the Uncanny Valley is uncanny
- A consideration of the wider consequences of driverless cars
- A call for bans on sex robots
- Should police be able to take control of driverless cars?
- Has the robot revolution already happened?
- Waze routing people through what used to be a quiet neighborhood
- Unexpected consequences of driverless cars
- The best results are not from full automation but human/AI collaboration
Complacency and design
- Racial origins of zoning
- Robert Moses
- “Tipping and the Effects of Segregation” (see, e.g., p.9, paragraph 3)
- “The Machine Stops” by E.M. Forster
- “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang
- “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson (see “amistics” – discussion here and more discussion here; a related bit of writing here)
- Empathy mapping canvas
- Value Sensitive Design (a very similar process to the one I proposed)
- Contextual Design (another similar process; focus is on values of an organization)
- Impact mapping
- Shallow interaction design
- Samsung SmartTV privacy statement (similar issues as Alexa)
- Facebook can recognize you even when you’re not looking
- Who owns your face?
- “Health Insurers Eye Higher Costs for the Lazy“
- Social media agree to delete “hate speech”
- An interesting discussion of privacy and our expectations of it
- “Before you hit ‘Submit’ this company has already logged your personal data“
- If this is what Tinder knows about you, imagine what everyone else knows
- Daytime running lights
- GM Announces Plans to Recall Driverless Car by 2021 (from The Onion)
- Driverless cars are accident-prone (“not their fault” – doesn’t that make you feel better about them?)
- The dangers of pushbutton start
- M. Waldrop, “Flying the electric skies: Airbus’ A320 jetliner has sparked a hot debate over automation and safety: who really flies this airplane– the pilots or the computers?“, Science, vol. 244, no. 4912, pp. 1532-1534, 1989.
- E. Wiener, “Reflections on human error: matters of life and death“, Proceedings of the Human Factors Society, vol. 33, no. 1, 1989.
- B. Reyns, M. Burek, B. Henson and B. Fisher, “The unintended consequences of digital technology: exploring the relationship between sexting and cybervictimization“, Journal of Crime and Justice, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 1-17, 2013.
Social interaction/rewired brains
- “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed“
- NYT article about Dave Goldberg’s death (note: he was the husband of Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg; she asked that nobody post to social media at the funeral)
- “Hyperbole and a Half” creator Allie Brosch describes a key symptom of a condition I call “Twitterer’s brain”
- Divorce spreads through Facebook
- “That Week I Tried to Unplug From Slack“
- Continuous partial attention
- Societal impact of IoT
- Stop Googling and talk
- Stop Phubbing
- Sherry Turkle (focus on technology effects on social interaction)
- More on superstimuli
- Even more on superstimuli
- XKCD’s take (doesn’t the Luddite have a point?)
- Facebook tests “break-up” tools
- How period trackers have changed girl culture
- In favor of Slow Media
- The lost secret language of sawmill workers
- One of many papers optimistically discussing how to rewire our brains
- Quitting Facebook makes you happier
- Online social networking linked to depression
- Thomas Sowell retires after realizing how much better life is when he’s unplugged from the internet
- Shocking news: Facebook is not transparent with its users
- Is social media freer in China?
- “Climbing out of Facebook’s reality hole“
- “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?“
- B. Debatin, J. Lovejoy, A. Horn and B. Hughes, “Facebook and online privacy: attitudes, behaviors, and unintended consequences“, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 83-108, 2009.
- D. MacKenzie and J. Wajcman, The Social shaping of technology. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1985.
- J. Rennecker and L. Godwin, “Theorizing the unintended consequences of instant messaging for worker productivity“, Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Environments, Systems and Organizations, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 137-168, 2003.
- “Refining the Theory of Basic Individual Values” by Shalom Schwartz
- Different values in China means many technologies we consider unethical might be developed there anyway, then imported
- Choicemaking and value alignment
- Americans wary of life-extending technologies
- J. Ash, D. Sittig, E. Poon, K. Guappone, E. Campbell and R. Dykstra, “The extent and importance of unintended consequences related to computerized provider order entry“, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 415-423, 2007..
Similar work/misc. further reading
- Tristan Harris (focus on how technology impacts the way we use our time)
- Dan Zollman (a more general look at technology ethics)
- “Toward A Philosophy of Technology” by Hans Jonas
- Ethics of Technology
- Morality in Design
- Wendell Wallach
- “The Unanticipated Consequences of Technology” by Tim Healy
- Future of Life Insititute
- Emerging ethical dilemmas in science and tech (note: from 2012)
- Some unintended consequences of technology
- Some more unintended consequences of technology
- Cases of technology ethics
- Predictions for 2045
- Ethics pays
- Kids can’t distinguish ads from search results
- Boost your productivity by crippling your technology
- An analysis of existential risks
- A more acceptable-looking tinfoil hat
- “Designing for Second-Order Effects“
- “The State of Ethics in Design“
- A cynical take: Design is inherently unethical
- “2017: the year UX found its conscience“
- D. Alberts, The unintended consequences of information age technologies. Washington, DC: Directorate of Advanced Concepts, Technologies, and Information Strategies, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, 1996.
- W. Collins, K. Miller, B. Spielman and P. Wherry, “How good is good enough?: an ethical analysis of software construction and use“, Communications of the ACM, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 81-91, 1994.
- P. Neumann, “Illustrative risks to the public in the use of computer systems and related technology“, Peter G. Neumann, Menlo Park, CA, 2015.
- A. Rumsey, When we are no more: How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future. Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
- A. Thomson and D. Schmoldt, “Ethics in computer software design and development“, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, vol. 30, no. 1-3, pp. 85-102, 2001.
- Move Slowly and Fix Things (opposite ethos of “move fast and break stuff”)