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Future Ethics

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  21 reviews
‘Eloquent, insightful and utterly readable: a must read for anyone who is inventing the future or cares about living in it.’ —Christina Wodtke, Stanford University

‘Cennydd’s long-lens view of ethics is exactly what designers, product managers and builders of today’s digital products need.’ —Azeem Azhar, Exponential View

‘Destined to become a well-thumbed classic.’ —Alan
Paperback, 242 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by NowNext Press
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Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I am the author's wife. Future Ethics is thought provoking, opinionated and smart. Do not read this on the train because you will miss several stops. 🙈 ...more
Vuk Trifkovic
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Really excellent. I've expected a "Verso" kind of a thing. A bit like Greenfield's one. At first, I was taken aback by the style - a bit down to earth, a bit humble.

After a chapter or two, I figured this is way more effective and way more appropriate for this kind of book. It is well-researched, but not overly erudite. It is clear, but not simplistic. Best of all, it's written from a very specific, design standpoint and contains plenty of specific action points and frameworks to
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Everyone who works in tech should read it. Twice.

my copy has sticky tabs on almost every second page
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a great overview of both ethics itself, and of how ethical dilemmas and unethical things exist in what today's tech industry creates. It also looks at what's to come. Great read, concisely written. One point I found less convincing was the discussion of future AI; machines that compose better music than humans, for example, is something that I am personally less optimistic (or pessimistic), we have nothing close to that sort of intelligence. Still, everyone should get and read this ...more
Dan Jones
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think my colleagues are fed up hearing about this book, but until they've read it, I'm not going to be shutting up.
As other reviewers have said, Cennydd's down to earth and honest style make this a very readable book about a complex subject. What's particularly valuable, in my view, is that Cennydd presents suggestions and observations that designers could and should start to investigate right now. There's a thread of cautious optimism running through the book, balanced with honesty about the
Thijs Niks
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a great primer, focuses explicitly on building (digital) services and products as opposed to ethics in general, and gives a refreshing mix of European and American angles. Even though it describes lots of practical examples, I unfortunately still don’t feel very equipped to put it into practice. This might be one where a followup workshop could be helpful.
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-related
I finished the book about a month ago, but I couldn't not let it go without a review. While it's depressing reading about all the dark patterns and general evil doing done by designers and developers, it helps being aware of it. Sometimes we are under presasure, tired, or stressed, and will agree to do what we know we shouldn't be doing. Having this book under the belt will hopefully help me raise my voice in the next meeting where my gut feeling tells me to. ...more
One of the best book I have read so far with PhD purposes. The author's writing style is compelling and enthralling, and I utterly agree with the review that says the book makes you easily miss the next train stop. Future Ethics tackles essential issues regarding AI ethics for all kinds of audiences since it is not really an "academic" book. Extremely relevant book about current issues in the ethics of technology, and I would strongly recommend it to all technology designers and computer program ...more
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Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For anyone interested in a broad (albeit slightly shallow) ethical evaluation of our future landscape and the technology that will (and already does) inhabit it, then this book is for you. It's supremely readable. The author is a tech designer himself, not a philosopher, so you won't get bogged down in needlessly technical jargon. That being said, he didn't explore the intricacies of important ethical theories applied to a modern technological context quite to the extent I was hoping for. For so ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to give this book 3.5/5 stars. Alas, Goodreads doesn't let that happen.

Unfortunately, the best messages in this book come in the final chapter on 'A new tech philosophy.' The preceding chapters were information-dense and well-researched but difficult to digest.

My main criticism is that the book is akin to a textbook – it's dry and a challenge to read. Every point is given matter of factly and, while the chapters make sense, they are packed with so much different information that I feel l
Natalía Papadopoúlou
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design
First review appearing here is written by the author’s wife recommending not to read this book on a train cause it’s so interesting you’ll simply miss several stops. That happened to me while reading this book quite few times. I can’t say enough, I’m just thankful I am in the position of having built the basic language because of this book to tackle thought experiments when it comes to ethics and knowing the three approaches one could have (utilitarian, deontological, virtue-led) in ethics. Woul ...more
Paul Alabama
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for every designer, product manager and software engineer out there! I was blown away by how informative this book is, no fat at all.
Web security, algorithmic bias, surveillance, AI, post-work future and humanity in the middle of it. And most important - this book gives a blueprint on how should we approach development of near future solutions, so we don’t end up in dystopia.
Strong 5/5!
Alexander Debkaliuk
Book feels like a good conversation with a wise, knowledgeable friend who’ll lay out all the information on the subject of ethics in technology in a way that will empower a motivated, curious, or concerned mind to make better decisions at work. To think broader and look further into the future consequences of what we design and engineer today.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A super saturated read. Definitely recommend for anyone looking to get a better grasp of the ethical questions at play for those designing and building (and governing?) technologies. Cennydd breaks down contrasting viewpoints and their related philosophies, sprinkling tools and references along the way.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good introduction to all ethical problems linked to new techs (privacy, transparency, biases, environmental impact and future of work + role of dev and designer teams in the development of new solutions) - Ethics is a muscle, a lens, more than a list of pre-made principles to follow as a checklist.
Katie Yaeger
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking read about ethics in tech.
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Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful. No easy answers, but plenty of good ideas.
Frederic Jacobs
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book like Future Ethics should be a mandatory reading for anyone studying or working in the tech industry.
David Link
How developers of software program have ethnical dilemmas to consider when writing today's software. ...more
Mark Congiusta
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, favorites
An audacious deconstruction of the role design can—and should—play in defining the future.
Robert Boomert
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must buy book and I feel like this book is a must for upcoming designers. The main focus of the book is to look at ethics with a modern mind set. So much is going on in the tech world and not everything is positive for us humans.

Based on the book I gave a presentation at work and the reactions were super positive. Your mindset will change reading this book and I feel like you will become a better designer because of it.

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