The Ethical Computer

This possibility has never been seriously considered – but we are being forced to consider it now.

The problem has always been – how to digitize ethical behavior? How to turn it into numbers?

Perhaps we could include variables that could be quantified:

  • CO2 levels that cause global warming.
  • Air pollution.
  • Income disparity.
  • The ratio of the economy devoted to social services.
  • The amount spent on weaponry.
  • Number of refugees.

And, of course, the decision to try this – and see what happens.

This is not a new idea – this is what the UN is for, and it already has many of the indexes that can express this.


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