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At some point, there's functionally no difference between enabling exploitative incentives, harmful behavior, and societal degradation vicariously through the products and services we create and actually going out and committing those acts ourselves

Software engineers in particular are masters of deflecting responsibility for the things we create

That's not something to be proud of

@cypnk "When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb."
—J. Robert Oppenheimer

I try not to be like that, but it's an easy way to get along and then you maybe helped exterminate Humanity.

@cypnk that's the fucking reason why Linus can claim in his interview: bbc.com/news/technology-456646

that he's against "truly nasty misogynistic, homophobic or transphobic behaviour"

but, oops, unfortunately he, as a leader, set the tone a long time ago, … so guess who the defenders of the right to remain politically incorrect are?

@hirojin That old adage: Admit to something less harmful so you avoid having to answer to something worse

He's doing this now to preemptively cut off wide-spread criticism of something else

@cypnk and that's why I'm glad I was able to stick to my principles of not working for oil companies, and glad that I never worked for a defense contractor.

@cypnk And yet, this is a basic and ineluctable deficit intrinsic to STEM generally. The fix must be paradigmatic in calibre.

@Shufei More humanities and ethics (earnestly taught) in schools. Ethics isn’t just for doctors and lawyers

Time for software engineering to receive the same scrutiny for culpability as other engineering fields. We can start by having individuals be personally accountable

Predatory behavior? Who physically wrote that code and who mandated it?

Selling personal data? Who suggested it and again, who wrote the API and even the documentation?

“I was following orders” needs to be stomped out

@cypnk "but… but… technology is neutral!"

That's the fallacy which allows them to completely distance themselves from their creations.

@mathieu It’s as if these things pop up in a vacuum. It really needs to stop

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