Ask Slashdot: Has Technology Created A Monster?

Stack Overflow co-founder Jeff Atwood posted a worried blog post on New Year’s Eve.
Remember in 2011 when Marc Andreeseen said that “Software is eating the world?” That used to sound all hip and cool and inspirational, like “Wow! We software developers really are making a difference in the world!” and now for the life of me I can’t read it as anything other than an ominous warning that we just weren’t smart enough to translate properly at the time… What do you do when you wake up one day and software has kind of eaten the world, and it is no longer clear if software is in fact an unambiguously good thing, like we thought, like everyone told us… like we wanted it to be?
Slashdot reader theodp adds:
“The year 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” provocatively notes Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, “in which a scientist neglects to ask about the consequences of his creation. I suspect (and hope) that there will be much debate on the impact of technology on our lives in the numerous lectures and events scheduled this year. It is a long-overdue discussion because scientists sometimes get so excited about their innovations that they forget to ask, ‘Am I building a monster?’ This anniversary offers a pause to see if society likes where it is headed.”
That quote is from a “predictions for 2018” article on the Mach technology site (hosted by NBC News) in which Dr. Moshe Y. Vardi, a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University, also sees a looming debate. He remembers how Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan referred to tech’s CEO’s as “our country’s real overlords” and described them as “moral Martians who operate on some weird new postmodern ethical wavelength.”

Keep reading for some even more dire predictions…

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