More and more often, algorithms mediate social processes, business transactions, governmental decisions, and how we perceive, understand, and interact among ourselves and with the environment. Gaps between the design and operation of algorithms and our understanding of their ethical implications can have severe consequences affecting individuals as well as groups and whole societies.
There’s not enough oversight for apps that track everything from people’s fitness routines to their menstrual cycles, bioethicists say.
Big Data is scary. That's the one thing that four people from very different professions agreed on during a panel at a Kenyon College political-science conference about technology's impact on privacy in the 21st century.