Ethics as PR (or the ‘Some Very Good People Work There!’ Fallacy)
“There’s been a lot of research into ‘Ethics in AI’ recently and it’s being sponsored and led by… *checks notes*… surveillance capitalists like DeepMind… Similarly, lots of people are working on ‘Ethics in Health’ at Philip Morris and ‘Ethics in Environmentalism’ at ExxonMobil.”
For corporations, their fundamental nature is dictated by their business model. For surveillance capitalists, the business model is based on mass violations of your privacy that are used to profile you with the goal of understanding, predicting and affecting your behaviour for profit. This is a fundamentally unethical business model within a fundamentally unethical socioeconomic system.
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