Don't Get Distracted


26 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."
ethics  tech  Programming 
7 days ago by mamapitufo
Some ethical quandaries in programming:
from twitter
7 days ago 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 
7 days ago 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 
7 days ago by kmt
I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people.
engineering  ethics 
7 days ago 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…
from instapaper
8 days ago by spinnerin
Horribly written article -- just pure crap -- but the point is good: Our code can kill people.
from twitter
8 days ago 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 
8 days ago 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 
8 days ago 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 
9 days ago 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…
from instapaper
december 2017 by danbee