If this category is not applicable for this technology, please select 'Yes'.
Storytelling and futuring helps you to identify the possible impact of your technology in years to come. It also can help you to rethink your technology now, and re-enter the answers on questions in different categories. In this case you write down a very utopian scenario.
An example: GriefbotWhen my mother died I was only four years old. Now that I am twenty eight years old I only heard the stories from family members and people who worked with her, about the wonderful person she must have been.
Four years ago our daughter was born. She is four years old now and I keep on struggling with this missing part in my life. What kind of things would my mother have said to a four year old from her role as a grandma?
I thought I would never know, until this new technology came up. They call it a grief bot, but my daughter just calls it grandma. She talks to her all the time and I hear them giggling when I walk out the room. Sometimes she whispers that my daughter is exactly like I was at that age. What a nice thing that my daughter can grow up with the (grand)mother I never had, although they will never meet in person.
But, what does 'meeting in person' actually means now that everything has gone digital? Is it really necessary to make a distinction between what is fake and what is real? For my daughter grandma is real and that is the only thing that counts...
Storytelling and futuring helps you to identify the possible impact of your technology in years to come. It also can help you to rethink your technology now, and re-enter the answers on questions in different categories. In this case you write down a very dystopian scenario.
An example: GriefbotWhen Carl died we all wanted to stay connected, like everyone does when the grief bot asks you if you want to remember a person's life and connect again.
But when we connected I got a whole different Carl than I expected. In my mind he has always been the most caring husband, the best I could wish for. But now that I have asked him some questions, he gave me some unexpected answers. And when my friends asked him questions he answered very rude. Was this always the case and did I just didn't see it?
I don't know what to do with it anymore: should I keep my own memories alive or should I replace them with new ones? Do I end up with a totally different person in the end? What is real and what is fake? I don't know it anymore.
The strangest thing is that my friends say I should get myself into a new relationship again and forget about Carl. But how can I do that when he keeps on talking to me like he is still with us? It feels like betrayal if I leave him now. Or do I betray myself be not letting him go? How did people do this in the old days? Did people just disappear in time? Could they be forgotten?
I feel trapped in this situation but it's like a circle I can't get out of.
Of course you can not sketch something that you can not imagine happening, but you will notice that if you try, than maybe you can. Do a brainstorm, challenge each other.
An example: GriefbotWhen Dymph died we all wanted to stay connected. We knew she had a lot of friends, but even now people keep signing up because they want to stay in touch. The strangest thing is that we cannot decide who are friends and who are lovers: multiple people keep on telling us they were her 'one and only' and when she was still alive she mentioned nobody in this role.
Now that we have to divide her inheritance everyone claims to be her lover and thus the inheritor. Before the grief bot, things were all crisp and clear: in her testament she stated that all of her belongings should go to Bobby. But who the heck is Bobby?
If we ask her the answer is not clear. Her answer to that question always comes with a glitch and than the system collapses. What do we have to do? Everyone is fighting and the only one who could tell something about it has been hacked apparently. But by whom? How can we decide?
Try to discuss this groupswise to learn from each others viewpoints.
An example: GriefbotKeeping dead people alive might seem logical and nice, but has the pitfall that people can no longer be forgotten in a natural way. In my western culture nature intended us to slightly disappear from each others minds, bit this is not possible anymore. What does that do to our human values and to our mental and physical state of mind? Is this a healthy or unhealthy part that we choose to walk on? Could we foresee this when things seemed less complicated?
What would you do if someone offers you a million dollars for your ethically well-considered tool? Did you make scenarios for a buy-out? Did you take measures to prevent a different party from handling the technology differently in the future than you originally intended?
An example: GriefbotNo, we haven't thought about that at all. Like most technology developers we decided to launch the tool first and see what happens. I don't know what other people will do with it, but if an investor wants to pay me a million I think I will sell my idea's anyhow.
What do you think? Could an external part be a 'bad actor'? What could possibly go wrong? I still have my million dollars though...
The idea of the technology impact tool is that it stimulates you to think hard about the impact of your technological solution (question 1-5). The answer can lead to changes in design or implementation, which is a good thing. Please list them here.
And... If this category was of any help in rethinking your technology, please re-enter your answers on questions in precious categories now.
An example: GriefbotMaybe we should decide on not making or implementing things if the future scenario's turn out to be too radical. But things will change and society changes as well. And what will happen if somebody else decides differently?
Do we really have an opt-out if the standard is to opt-in or is this just an illusion? Do we really have a choice?