23.02.2017

Ética y tecnología: la necesidad de una revolución ilustrada en la era digital

Technological advance provides benefits that we use in a natural and instinctive way in our daily lives. These technologies, in general, come up with a new way of relating to the world, with prominence and they will remain to still evolving.

The changes generated in the technological sector offer great opportunities as well as they present threats and challenges that, as a society, we have to be able to foresee. The proper use of technology is not always easy. Many times we could consider the idea that there should exist a limit. Does technology make us less human? What is clear is we can’t run the risk of becoming spectators of these processes. These changes can leave us isolated from a world that is constantly changing that, in order to success, it requires to acquire new knowledge and to be flexible

“Ethics and Technology” was the central theme to discuss during the debate session in the framework of Mobile Week Barcelona, at the Museum of contemporary art of Catalonia (MNAC). Aleix Valls, CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona; Begoña Romàn, Professor at the Faculty of philosophy of the University of Barcelona; Aureli Soria-Frisch, director of R&D in neuroscience of Starlab Barcelona SL; Enric Puig, director Instituteinternet.org and Núria Conde, Biohacker participated as speakers of the session.

During the session, the speakers addressed challenges like the humanization between humans and technology. Enric Puig began the debate saying that, “we’re running the risk that technology dehumanise us”, but according to Begoña Román “Human creates himself every day. Contemporary technology can be applied to relations and to own human anatomy.” In general, ICT re-evaluate us on how we want to define our ethic and ourselves at the same time that we are beings of free and responsible of our actions with the use of technology in our own environment.

The ethics of algorithm and the ethics as reflection of the moral was one of them aspects that is discussed during the second part of the session. Aleix Valls explained that “the design of algorithms and artificial intelligence involves ethical and social discrepancies. It is necessary to create a digital European Constitution. It is clear that there is a fourth industrial revolution and, therefore, it is necessary to think about how to regulate the rights of society”

Begoña Román closed the session by stating that “the contemporary ethics has discovered that the questions are very complex. The diversity of opinions and beliefs makes that we ask what level of risk we are willing to assume. The ideas are part of each one and beliefs are acquired. We are cultural products; we inherited language, symbolism and habits. The process of rebuild the identity takes us toward the critical thinking. We need a revolution illustrated in the digital age.