Shannon Vallor – 12 deugden voor de tech-mens

Hoogleraar Shannon Vallor, auteur van het boek ‘Technology and the virtues. A philosophical guide to a future worth wanting’ voorziet dat we niet alleen betere technologie nodig hebben, maar vooral ook dat we betere mensen nodig hebben om een goede, duurzame toekomst te creëren.

“We need more than better technologies, we also need better humans: skills, resoning abilities to manage techno-social power. We don’t have that now. How does the set of virtues for 21th century look like? “

In deze video beschrijft ze 12 deugden die de moderne mens nodig heeft, ik heb ze onder de video uitgeschreven.

Technomoral honesty: how to be honest in a world in which information is mediated through tech. A reliable disposition to express respect for thruth in techno-social context, especially in information practices.  

Technomoral selfcontrol: An examplary ability to choose, and to desire for their own sakes, those technosocial goods and experiences that contribute most to human flourishing. Essential for a world in which manipulation of desire and addiction by design are widespread practices.

Technomoral humility: recognition of the limits of technosocial knowledge and ability, respect for universe’s retained power to surprise and confound us. Renunciation of blind faith in the human capacity for technical mastery and ability to control the world. Essential for dealing with complex systems that resist human inspection or accurate prediction (e.g. machine learning algoritms, ecosystems, economies).

Technomoral justice: a reliable disposition to seek a fair distribution of the benefits and risks of new technologies, and a steady concern for how emerging technologies may impact the basis human rights, dignity or welfair of individuals and groups. Essential in a world with great disparities in technoscientific knowlegde, wealth and power.

Technomoral courage: a reliable disposition towards intelligent fear and hope, with repect to the moral and material dangers and opportinities represented by emerging technologies. Strikes the mean between techno-optimism and techno-pessimism – essential for responsible and prudent assesment of technosocial risk and promise.

Technomoral empathy: a cultival openness to being morally moved to caring action by the plight of other members of our technosocial world. Essential for combating moral apathy, passivity and abuses of technosocial power.

Technomoral care: a skillfull, attentive, responsible and emotional responsive disposition to personally meet the needs of those with whom we share our technosocial environment. Essential for a world in which ICT’s increasingly mediate natural caring relations such as parenting and friendship.

Technomoral civility: a sincere disposition to live well with other citizens of a globally networked information society: to collectivily and wisely deliberate about technosocial action and politics, and to work cooperativily toward those goods of technosocial life that we seek and expect to share with others.

Technomoral flexibility: a reliabable and skillull disposition to modulate action, belief and feeling as called for by novel, unpredictable or unstable technosocial conditions. An essential virtue for coping with acute technosocial opacity and increasingly rapid pace of technosocial change.

Technomoral perspective: a reliable disposition to attend and grasp technosocial events as meaningfull parts of a moral whole. Essential for holding in view technomoral concerns that are global in scope and that unfold over many generations. A critical factor in assessing technosocial risks and weighing technomoral trade-offs.

Technomoral magnanimity: a reliable dispistion toward technomoral leadership and nobility of purpose that trancends petty, parochial and temporary interests.

Technomoral wisdom: a general condition of well-cultivated and intregated technomoral expertise that embodies all of the virtues of character that we need, individually and collectively, in order to live well with emerging technologies.