In a continually advancing world, it is becoming ever more difficult for people to carve out their own niche. The internet revolutionized connection and communication globally, providing near-instant access to oceans of information. The rise of robotics and artificial intelligence has become ubiquitous and has contaminated domains ranging from manufacturing and stock market trading to medical diagnostics and surveillance. Each of these uses has its boon, but also its drawbacks. Issues like privacy rights emerge when we talk about facial recognition systems in public and the ethics of contact and tracing apps in this new age of pandemics. Issues like the right to employment become questioned as robotic process automation becomes more attractive to employers than human laborers. What happens when we get so used to these apps that privacy becomes a thing of the past? What happens when to those people who are displaced from their jobs by robots? These are tough questions that the folks at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) have been tackling for over a decade.
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