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Ethical OS

Apr 2019
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As developers at ThoughtWorks we're acutely aware of the ethics of the work we do. As society becomes ever more reliant on technology, it's important that we consider ethics when making decisions as software development teams. Several toolkits have emerged that can help us think through some of the future implications of the software we're building. They include Tarot Cards of Tech and Ethical OS, which we've had good feedback on. Ethical OS is a thinking framework and a set of tools that drive discussions around the ethics of building software. The framework is a collaboration between the Institute for the Future and the Tech and Society Solutions Lab. It's based on a practical set of risk zones, such as addiction and the dopamine economy, plus a number of scenarios to drive conversation and discussion.