What Are We Building Here? Software Ethics in a Time of SurveillanceAndrew C. Stone, stone.com pdf
Here we have spent our careers trying to create software to help empower and liberate people, and we find that we've inadvertently given the Military Industrial Entertainment Surveillance State 100% access to all of our innermost thoughts and desires. To wit, as software engineers and technology advocates, we have had a hand in creating one of the most dystopian and inequitable societies imaginable.

The Machine has turned on democracy, and the current vector does not look good.

We have created immense juggernaut computational systems that are unstoppable by any human at this point. They exist in finance, surveillance, marketing and social engineering.

Jaron Lanier, in his book "Who Owns the Future?" calls them "Siren Servers" after Ulysses's encounter with the beautiful Sirens that would drive men mad if they heard them sweetly singing.

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