in short:

humans per default, without an education might just be “better” apes.

Some parts of mankind behave very primitive and clearly show no signs of higher intelligence or education.

The troubles start, when the tools become more and more powerful.

First sticks and stones, guns, then nuclear bombs.

The better and more powerful tools (and weapons), BigData, algorithms, AI become, the more important it is that:

  • a awareness is trained and cultivated
  • that broad education is done on what is “right and wrong”
  • about ethics and moral needs to to come as manual accompanying powerful tools
    • nobody is allowed to drive a car without a licence

Nobody without such an education should be let near those tools (and weapons) (from smart phones (Trump’s use of twitter probably caused serveral deaths), to computers, to AI, to nuclear weapons and other weapons)

If those tools come without this “manual”, the miss-use of tools (Google taking GNU Linux and turning it into Android (highly modified version of GNU Linux) and into a mass-surveillance machine) self-destruction of mankind is almost certain.

What is Right – What is Wrong – with great powers comes great responsibility (aka the “Peter-Parker-principle” (Spiderman 2002)) – Big Tech with better and betters Tools and without better Ethics?

from the film Spider Man (2002) (director Sam Raimi)

Did the reader know, that, Hitler picked his SS staff according to their disability to question orders as right or wrong? (so they would blindly execute those orders, without thinking twice, what EVERY “good” soldier is trained and educated to btw.)

Google’s Don’t be evil (abandoned in 2018)

Probably because Alphabet (Google parent company) did not want to lose the Asian markets, and other markets where human rights might not be fully recorgnized and enforced (to be honest, the West most often also violates human rights e.g. by state sponsored (!) exploitational economic practices in Africa).

“Google has changed into a company that values profits over human rights”

  • Google’s former international relations chief said he was “sidelined” after proposing human rights programs as executives considered re-entering China.
  • Ross LaJeunesse, who joined Google in 2008 and was head of international relations until last May, according to his LinkedIn profile, blamed Google’s “disengaged” founders and new earnings-driven leadership for cultural changes at the company.
  • After raising several concerns with human relations, LaJeunesse said he was told his job was eliminated due to a “reorganization.”

src: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/02/google-abandoned-its-dont-be-evil-mantra-former-exec-says.html

(the Quora answer does not really help so have to quote “mainstream media” aka CNBC X-D)

  • ‘“Don’t be evil” has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000.’
  • ‘When Google was reorganized under a new parent company, Alphabet, in 2015,
    • Alphabet assumed a slightly adjusted version of the motto, “do the right thing.”
    • However, Google retained its original “don’t be evil” language until the past several weeks.
  • The phrase has been deeply incorporated into Google’s company culture
    • so much so that a version of the phrase has served as the wifi password on the shuttles that Google uses to ferry its employees to its Mountain View headquarters, sources told Gizmodo.’

src: https://gizmodo.com/google-removes-nearly-all-mentions-of-dont-be-evil-from-1826153393

Socrates:

Socrates (400 BC, Ancient Greece): “His persistent questioning of authorities and public figures is probably intended not to humiliate them, but instead to bring to light truth which might elucidate a view of the good life

“You are mistaken my friend, if you think that a man who is worth anything ought to spend his time weighing up the prospects of life and death. He has only one thing to consider in performing any action — that is, whether he is acting right or wrongly, like a good man or a bad one.”[1]

src: https://web.archive.org/web/20201108120534/https://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/socrates.html

“Does the user control the software, or does the software control the user?”

the podcast interview: (year of recording is unkown) here (mostly without the surrounding clutter, but WARNING! (STILL) CONTAINS ADVERTISEMENT!)

thanks for the podcast interview! 🙂 https://drdianehamilton.com/free-software-movement-ethics-and-advocacies-with-richard-stallman/

the 4 free software freedom rules:

  • freedom 0: The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose.
    • (computers start counting with 0, that’s why it is freedom 0)
  • freedom 1: The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish.
    • Access to the source code is a precondition for this
  • freedom 2: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others.
  • freedom 3: The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.
    • By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes.
    • Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

Links:

https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.en.html

BeyondCorp Google’s new Approach to Security – we need to know EVERYTHING about the user – in order to trust the user – The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Age of Surveillance Capitalism – We thought we were searching Google – but Google was searching us

Google (BigBrother) is watching the user (no matter where the user browses) via JavaScript – no js no content no functionality = too much js

BeyondCorp Google’s new Approach to Security – we need to know EVERYTHING about the user – in order to trust the user – The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Google EU Privacy Removal Personal Information Removal Request Form tool fails with Error 403

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