Depending on the technology you are assessing, some categories are more important than others. Here you can indicate how important you think this category is for this technology.
If this category is not applicable for this technology, please select 'Yes.'
Discuss this quickly and note your first thoughts here. Think about what happens when 100 million people use your product. How could communities, habits and norms change?
(This question is part of the Quick Scan)
An example: GriefbotThe Griefbot can be an important support for people and a normal part of grieving, on the other hand, there is a lot of potential for future abuse. A better Griefbot does not automatically mean that there will be a better world.
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.
Try to discuss this groupwise 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...
If you think about an utopian and a dystopian scenario. If you think about the way this technology can change the world. If you think about the consequences of a different party buying your technology. If you think about all that, what would you (want to) improve? In the technology? In context? In use?
The answers on questions 1-5 help you to gain insight into the potential impact of this technology in the future. The goal of these answers is not to provide you with a 'go' or ' no go' - decision. The goal is to make you think HOW you can improve the use of the technology. This can be by making changes to the technology or making changes to the context in which the technology is used, or making changes in the way the technology is used.
(This question is part of the Improvement Scan)
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?
Are you satisfied with the quality of your answers? The depth? The level of insight? Did you have enough knowledge to give good answers? Give an honest assessment of the quality of your answers.