Ethics for the Digital Age: Defining and Pursuing the Good for Our Good

A friend recently tweeted that she believes ethics to be an impossibility. As she unpacked what she meant, I realized this attitude toward ethics is shared by many, especially in our digital age. With the rise of sophisticated modern technologies—such as artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition, bioengineering, and social media—our society will increasingly question what’s moral or immoral, as well as how we might pursue an ethical life. Yet these definitions are often based on what seems right in the moment, not on an ethical framework.

Between Google’s AI principles, the U.S. Department of Defense‘s recently adopted guidelines regarding military use of technology, and the European Union’s proposal for an ethical framework for technology, our world is longing for direction in addressing complicated and life-altering technologies in a way that’s good, fair, applicable, and ethical.

The Rundown

TikTok is racing to stop the spread of a gruesome videoThe Verge

Last week, TikTok issued warnings for users to be on the lookout for a disturbing video while it took extensive measures to take the video down. TikTok’s algorithms and “For You” page can make harmful content more accessible on this app than on other services, so Christians should approach this platform with heightened awareness.

Disney hit by backlash after thanking Xinjiang authorities in ‘Mulan’ creditsCNN

Disney is facing boycotts of its newly released live action remake of Mulan which is now available to stream on Disney+. The backlash is a response to the entertainment company’s relationship with Chinese authorities during the film’s production.It is important to be aware of injustices around the world, especially in the technology we use and entertainment we consume.

Samsung reportedly cutting off chip sales to HuaweiThe Verge

Two South Korean companies announced they will stop selling computer chips to Huawei. Samsung and SK Hynix will cease trading with the Chinese tech giant on September 15, when new economic regulations go into effect. This situation demonstrates the interconnectedness of technology production and reminds us that there are implications of our technology usage.

America’s great virtual-learning experiment faces glitches nationwideAxios

Many students across the country have faced technical difficulties as they have returned to school online in recent weeks. As educators and students do their best navigating these issues, churches should be aware of the difficulties families are facing and be attentive to specific ways they can love their neighbors.

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