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Digital Ethics by Futurist Gerd Leonhard - Issue #2

This newsletter is a highly curated weekly collection of topics and opinions that bring additional nu

Digital Ethics by Futurist Gerd Leonhard

January 29 · Issue #2 · View online
Futurist Gerd Leonhard's latest findings from the intersection of humanity and technology, focusing on Digital Ethics i.e. the ethics of exponential technological change and related Technology/Humanity topics

This newsletter is a highly curated weekly collection of topics and opinions that bring additional nuance to the Digital Ethics conversation.
I am always interested in your opinion so please feel free to ping me anytime with comments or feedback.
Live long and prosper!
Futurist, Humanist, Author and Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard 
Zurich / Switzerland or on the road
This newsletter is co-created by Futures Agency Curator Peter Van
📌 Check out my best-selling book ‘Technology vs Humanity’ for more context, now available in 10+ languages 👈

Welcome to the second issue of my Digital Ethics Newsletter, and a special thank-you to the folks who have already subscribed for the first issue! We are publishing this newsletter every Tuesday, going forward. If you enjoy the content presented here, please feel free to share it on social media (see links below).
7 weeks ago Gartner Research declared Digital Ethics (a meme that is presented in my book Technology vs Humanity) as the #1 topic for 2019, Many organisations, technology and ICT companies are now jumping on this topic, and it Digital Ethics turned out to be a key topic at WEF in Davos, as well (check out this WEF debate on AI).
The future is no longer just something that may happen tomorrow, the future is something that is already happening today but we just didn’t pay attention! (Gerd Leonhard, 2016)
Technology vs Humanity - The Future is already here. Barcelona 2017
Thieves of Experience: How Google and Facebook Corrupted Capitalism - LA Review of Books
Is AI a danger to humanity? - Well... It's complicated!
My latest film: We need to talk about AI - almost 500K views already!
The AI Wars Have Not Even Begun
Surveillance, EVs and the ethics of tech
The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution?
After greenwashing, is "machine-washing" next?
Davos 2019: The real agenda is to get rid of human workers
"If we are just data, then this may be our logical destination"
CRISPR must be scrutinised and regulated
Crypto has an ethics problem
Amazon falls to 5th place for ethics
My latest video on Digital Ethics, AI, Humanity and Brands
The Case for CRISPR Babies - or not?
World Economic Forum says "It’s time to stop talking about ethics in AI and start doing it"
GSMA: Forty CEOs Back Launch of Digital Declaration at Davos (better late than never 🙃)
Look out for a new paper on this topic, penned by Gerd, soon!
14 Working Groups on AI Ethics at IEEE
It's Time for Action on Privacy, Says Apple's CEO Tim Cook
Davos 2019: George Soros comments on China and AI
Snippet of the week
Why 'upgrading' humanity is a transhumanist myth (says Douglas Rushkoff)
Interview with Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard at SIBOS 2016, Digital Ethics and Technology - still very timely 👈
Meme of the week
Humanity is already going cyborg...?
“The most important trend for readers of this newsletter to focus on is the development of new kinds of partnership between human and machine.” 
Exponential game changers and the Singularity: "Gradually, then suddenly..."
We need a Digital Ethics Council. Locally, nationally and internationally!
Digital ethics are evolving into a burning, un-ignorable issue for every individual and organization. The most basic privileges we once took for granted, such as freedom of choice in consumption and independent, ‘free will’ in lifestyle, could become vestigial echoes or the preserves of ultra high-net-worth individuals. It’s time for action. We need to talk about the Digital Ethics Council!
A Global Digital Ethics Council-- Gerd comments
Should I grow a beard? A philosopher considers the ethics of facial hair
Humans and wales flourishing together in ethical waters - By Zack Weinersmith
End note
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Warm regards,
Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author, CEO The Futures Agency
Contact: @gleonhard or (new!) @ethics4digital
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