When I attended UC Irvine and studied computer science, one of the most influential courses I took was “Social Impacts of Computers”.
To this day, I always think about how new technology will impact society. Not just the good — such as the ability to make phone calls to family from anywhere, but also the bad — such as the ability to create anonymous criminal or terrorist networks with throw-a-way phones.
So I’m happy to see that the IEEE is now encouraging engineers to think ethically when building new intelligent (AI) hardware and software. Below is a video of a conference panel this year that discussed the ethics of robot car artificial intelligence.