PARTNER EVENT: The Manifestos and Moral Philosophies of Big Tech Companies
ven. 1 février à 00:00
Event Organizer: Tech 2025 WORKSHOP REGISTRATION AT THIS LINK: http://bit.ly/2smas9Q [NOTE: participants can attend live at the event or via the private livestream in our forum - limited to 45 attendees at live workshop in NY and 50 attendees for private livestream - all participants will be given access to the private forum] Last year was a year of reckoning for big tech companies that faced fierce backlash from the media, researchers, legislators, consumers and even their own employees, over allegations of unethical practices. Just the same, 2018 was the year that the general public finally learned (after 10 years of engaging on social platforms, carefree) just how much data, power and influence big tech companies have in all areas of society and our lives (business, politics, education, media, our most private moments) and just how little we know and understand about their intentions to monetize consumer data and the future they are creating with powerful AI technologies. In a graphic timeline, NYU's AI Now Institute outlined the tumultuous year of ethics scandals that rocked big tech companies in 2018. This much is undeniable, there is a huge disconnect between the way CEOs of big tech companies view their ethical and moral obligations to their employees, shareholders, consumers and society at large, and what the general public thinks. The moral compass of big tech companies is most often ingrained in their carefully worded manifesto. Tech company founders have long since embraced publishing corporate manifestos as a declaration of their intent, beliefs, morals, and ethical obligations -- it's their rallying cry to employees to build the company of the future, and their unwavering expression of loyalty to customers: "A good corporate manifesto becomes a blueprint for exemplar attitudes and actions, and is a constant reminder of the need to ‘walk the talk’. It makes it clear to everyone who you are, what you stand for, what you do and why you do it. Little wonder…manifesto in Latin translates to ‘clear and evident’... manifestos have energy, they make a declaration, take a stance, and stand for something important. Corporate manifestos are powerful!" -- Brand Council Topics We Will Explore If corporate manifestos are so effective, why are tech companies struggling so much with ethical scandals that are inflicting major damage on their business models, revenues and employee morale?
What do the manifestos of tech companies and their CEOs tell us about their moral philosophies? How can we begin to become more knowledgeable about the intentions of tech companies (as outlined in their corporate manifestos and other doctrine) and, when necessary, hold them accountable for how they implement their vision and their missteps when they falter? Are corporate manifestos of tech companies and their CEOs reflecting who we are today (in all of our diversity and complexities)? Are these manifestos reflecting where we want to go as a society in the future and are they taking into account the potentially negative impact their AI technologies might have on society despite their best, utopian intentions? Takeaways Instructor, Oriana Medlicott (AI Ethics Strategist and Research Facilitator), will review the corporate manifestos of big tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Mozilla and Google and several tech CEOs including Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Satya Nadella, Steve Jobs and Tim Cook and correlate them to philosophical schools of thought. Learn the crucial elements of creating a successful corporate manifesto and why some manifestos miss the mark. Explore how the most powerful CEOs in the world communicate their philosophies to the world through their corporate manifestos, what those philosophies are and how they define product development and customer service. Create your own powerful manifesto. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to access the internet.
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