Humane technologies are technological solutions that put concern and compassion for humanity at the core of the solution.

Automated decision-making models are moving from research environments to real-world environments, creating new sets of social challenges. Despite how intelligent and mathematically accurate autonomous systems may be, they run into some problems when interfaced with a world populated with unpredictable human beings.

Recent examples of this include Cambridge Analytica, self-driving car crashes, security breaches at Facebook and Google. Here are the technology events that raised ethical concerns just in the last two years.


From November 8–10th, 2017, I had the privilege of attending the Global Symposium on AI and Inclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 🇧🇷🤖💫🌏

On behalf of the Global Network of Internet and Society Centers, this event was co-organised by the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University with the support of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Open Society Foundations.

The main aim was to identify, map, understand, and address the manifold issues around AI…


Only now.

This life
that flows moment to moment
Yet we forget
All we have is the present

With no certainty
if there will be another breath
We can exist
Only right now

Aparna Ashok

Tech anthropologist and experience designer. Researching anticipatory ethics for AI and digital tech @hyperisland @MUWCI www.aparnaashok.com

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