Kaj Arnö

Technology is Neutral

TBOP2017 ⋅ 2:01 ⋅ Filmed May 12, 2017
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Quoting philosopher Immanuel Kant and Enlightenment writer Montesquieu, Kaj Arnö explains that we cannot make technology “good”. So what does it mean to acknowledge that technology is inherently neutral? What consequences should that have on innovations? Whose morals and ethics should be the guidelines of invention?


Further Reading

Immanuel Kant

Montesquieu


TRANSCRIPT

Another topic of mine has nothing to do in principle with technology, but with society as a whole where technology serves society and politics.

[00:17] You would say that technology is neutral or for the good when it comes to human society progressing. Well, I'm not so sure that it is for the good. At most, technology is neutral.

[00:32] It can be put at the service of any kind of ethical values and I would like those ethical values to be based on how western society was built and not any random and particularly religious values that don't represent the good humanity as such.

[01:00] So my proposal when it comes to looking at technology, is return to the core western values. Here are two of my favorite guys, Immanuel Kant with a categorical imperative about 'do unto others as you would want them to do unto you' but phrased in a morel shall we say, abstract manner. Behave is such a way that the maxim guiding your behaviour could be uplifted to a general law. And then, Montesquieu by separating the different powers. I think technology cannot be oblivious, cannot be blind to what kind of society is serves.

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