Beyond Imagining is a digital magazine that explores the many different ways in which the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is affecting our everyday lives.
Developed by the University of Johannesburg (UJ), its previous issues have explored how augmented reality is now part of our schooling systems, how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to diagnose breast cancer, and how drones are overseeing complex agricultural processes.
In a Cloudebate™ that took place in mid-2020, we looked at one critical question that applies to all of these innovations: “What are their ethical implications?” In this issue of Beyond Imagining, we take this conversation further.
The lines between technology and security, privacy and intellectual property are increasingly thin in the 4IR era. And exploring this shaky territory often reveals more questions than answers. Without precedent on which to base our positions (no previous generation has ever had to worry about the ethical decisions of a self-driving car), we’re making things up from scratch.
Here, we strive to unravel the ways in which 4IR is forcing us to redefine ethics. It’s a complex and changeable landscape, but one we must constantly explore if we are going to create a healthy and resilient future in which technology benefits humanity.