Reading Group

The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity

Author: Amy Webb

We will meet three times during winter quarter to discuss this book:

Tuesday, February 4, 12:30-1:20 pm, ENGR 503 (discussing Part I)

Tuesday, February 18, 12:30-1:20 pm, ENGR 503 (discussing Part II)

Tuesday, March 3, 12:30-1:20 pm, ENGR 503 (discussing Part III)

If you are able to attend these discussions, you are welcome to pick up a complimentary copy of the book from Pat Whitney in ENGR 500 while supplies last. (Please do not take a book if you do not plan to attend the discussions.)

Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Punish, and Police the Poor

Author: Virginia Eubanks

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Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age

Author: Brad Smith, President, Microsoft

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Brad Smith’s Tools and Weapons offers an insider’s look into the ethical implications of transformative technologies in the world today. From facial recognition technologies to the democratization of data, Smith provides a front line account of Microsoft’s challenges in balancing the value created by these technologies and the peril that they present. Core to his argument throughout, Smith asserts, “When your technology changes the world, you bear responsibility to help address the world that you have helped create”. This is a far cry from the “move fast and break things” motto driving most tech companies today and is a worthwhile perspective in moving forward together, ethically in the digital world we share today.

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