Unethical dating

Tinder’s unethical nature, according to the team, was based on the fact that it was ostensibly about forming human connections but is very plainly designed to be a meat market.

Forcing people to think of themselves as physical objects first and foremost in pursuit of romance is not healthy, they argued, and causes people to devalue themselves.

We Chat Discover allows users to find others around them and see recent photos they’ve taken — it’s opt-in, which is good, but it can be filtered by gender, promoting a hookup culture that the team said is frowned on in China.

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What, for example, is a good way of going about making a dating app that is inclusive and promotes healthy relationships?

How can an AI imitating a human avoid unnecessary deception?

Their insights were interesting, but I got the feeling from many of them that there was a sort of disappointment at the fact that so much of what tech offers, or how it offers it, is inescapably and fundamentally unethical.

I found the students fell into one of three categories.

How can something as invasive as China’s proposed citizen scoring system be made as user-friendly as it is possible to be?

I talked to all the student teams at a poster session held on UW’s campus, and also chatted with Hiniker, who designed the course and seemed pleased at how it turned out.

After ingesting this, the students grouped up and picked an app or technology that they would evaluate using the principles described, and then prescribe ethical remedies.

As it turned out, finding ethical problems in tech was the easy part — and fixes for them ranged from the trivial to the impossible.

So really, an informed populace is the only answer. China’s “social credit” system is not actually, the students argued, absolutely unethical — that judgment involves a certain amount of cultural bias.

But I’m comfortable putting it here because of the massive ethical questions it has sidestepped and dismissed on the road to deployment.

As a countermeasure, they suggested having responses to questions or prompts be the first thing you see about a person.

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