“Design today faces a new generation of problems that carry an entirely new ethical burden created by the impact of new technologies such as AI and ubiquitous surveillance. It didn’t used to be that way–a product’s ethical disposition was easy enough to see at face value. A toaster never had another purpose in life other than to toast bread. The lines were clean and simple.”
A recent article on Co.Design by Mark Rolston explores the ways in which emerging technologies are changing the way designers have to think about design ethics, and how the creative industry can take tips from professions with long established ethical codes: Doctors, Lawyers and Priests.
“The industry needs a clear declaration of the business purposes of design, and to promote a dialogue about what role designers should take. It begins with documentation. Medicine has a system of articles, studies, and schooling–an entire institution for building its craft. Lawyers have the law. Designers today are limited to conventions and intuition–often routinized by the corporations that hire them. Imagine if Google’s Material Design became the law, or Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines. I’m not recommending that. But that’s one end of the spectrum. Waffling with our feelings is at the other end of the spectrum; neither is acceptable.”
Read the entire article at Co.Design.