Move Fast and Break Things?

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January 8, 2023
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Ethics, Oaths, and Orwell in Technological Society As the Silicon Valley maxim goes: “move fast and break things.” Should that still be the mantra today? This ethic, and its ramifications, are baked into the global technological landscape, so it is a timely motif for this interview. In this original July 2022 discussion on Hearsay Culture Network’s Uneven Distribution, host Denise Howell brings her 20 years of experience in technology and podcasting to the topic. Discussing the role of ethics in technology with fellow podcaster Prof. Deb Donig, the discussion winds from how schools can teach technology ethics to data privacy and how Russian aggression in Ukraine sheds a light on our power to protect human rights. With her special acumen, Denise and Deb expose fault lines in whether technology can advance ethically, or not, in the 2020s.

“I’m not sure that I’m just worried about a data breach [at Google]. Frankly, I’m worried about the data that’s held about me currently that is unbreached and what a company is doing with that data [to] manipulate my behavior.” – Deb Donig

“The ethical debates are like stones in a stream. The water runs around them. You haven’t seen any biological technologies held up for one week by any of these debates.” – Ray Kurzweil

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Deb Donig

Professor at Cal Poly and and Host of the podcast Technologically Human
Deb Donig is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Cal Poly and a Lecturer UC Berkeley’s School of Information in the MA in Data Science Program. She is the co-founder of the Cal Poly Ethical Technology Initiative and the host of “Technically Human,” a podcast where she talks with major thinkers, writers, and industry-leading technologists about the relationship between humans and the technologies we create.
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Denise Howell



Veteran Podcaster and Blogger

Denise is a podcasting industry original and veteran blogger. She has co-hosted Triangulation, conversations with the smartest people in the world about the most important topics in technology, and has been contributing on Leo Laporte’s TWiT Network for 17 years. Having been credited with coining the term “blawg,” she has blogged on CBS Interactive and is a technology lawyer (Berkeley Law, ’90), advising corporate and individual clients on issues at the intersection of emerging technologies and the law.


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