Don't Get Distracted


38 bookmarks. First posted by danbee december 2017.


“I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people.

But don’t get distracted by that; I didn’t know at the time.”
7 days ago by markpasc
As I try to figure out the next phase of my career I've been thinking about this talk a lot.
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8 weeks ago by bob
I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people.

But don’t get distracted by that; I didn’t know at the time.
work  Politics 
10 weeks ago by rwhe
A thorough writeup on the authors experience building software used for defense purposes, and the ethical and moral dilemmas associated with it.

> Don’t get distracted by deadlines and feature requests. Think about the consequences of what you’re building. Build in safeguards to prevent misuse, or don’t build it at all because it’s too dangerous.

Technologists need to consider this as we continue to build ever more powerful capabilities.
12 weeks ago by thingles
"I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people.

But don’t get distracted by that; I didn’t know at the time."
ethics  tech  Programming 
may 2018 by mamapitufo
Some ethical quandaries in programming:
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may 2018 by leonsp
The unifying factor in all of the stories I’ve told is that a developer wrote the code that did these unethical or immoral things. As a profession, we have a superpower: we can make computers do things.
design  software  ethics 
may 2018 by joostvanderborg
I had been distracted.

All of the cool problems we were solving: finding nodes, speeding things up, making more accurate predictions. It was all so cool, so much fun. I hadn’t thought about why we were putting all this work into finding a better place to sit and get good WiFi. That doesn’t even make sense if you look at it for more than a few seconds.

Does it find phones.

This was never about finding better WiFi. We were always finding phones. Phones carried by people. Remember I said I was working for a Department of Defense contractor? The DoD is the military. I was building a tool for the military to find people based on where their phones where, and shoot them.
culture  design  ethics  prog  argument  politics  reference 
may 2018 by kmt
I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people.
engineering  ethics 
may 2018 by chris.leaman
I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people. But don’t get distracted by that; I didn’t know at the time. Be sure to check out…
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may 2018 by spinnerin
Horribly written article -- just pure crap -- but the point is good: Our code can kill people.
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may 2018 by jeremy6d
I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people.

But don’t get distracted by that; I didn’t know at the time.
tech 
may 2018 by lsrgt
I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people. But don’t get distracted by that; I didn’t know at the time.
software  ethics  tech 
may 2018 by enne
"I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people."
ethics  software  tech  military-industrial-complex  talks  via-trivium 
may 2018 by brennen
I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people. But don’t get distracted by that; I didn’t know at the time. Even before I’d…
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december 2017 by danbee