May 7, 2012

Vignettes exploring the dual capacities of software and medicine to heal and hurt. Food for thought, by Jonathan Harris

I just checked my email and was pleasantly surprised to find a link to the Modern Medicine vignettes, created by Jonathan Harris to explore and compare software and medicine. 

The following topics are included in this work:
Social Engineers 
Urges & Outcomes 
The Ethics of Code 
Healers & Dealers 
The Problem of Advertising 
A Staging Ground for the Future 
Medicine Men 
Crazy Times 
A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

I especially like this quote:

"As engineers, we can ask ourselves some basic questions:  Will we feel accountable for the behavioral outcomes of the software we introduce to the world? Will we recognize our responsibility to our fellow human beings to build them decent, useful, powerful, and ethical tools? Will we make things that trick and seduce, or things that nourish and teach? Will we optimize for page views and profit, or for social impact and beauty?"

Jonathan Harris "makes projects that re-imagine how humans relate to technology and to each other".

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