Technology was never neutral; its social, political, and moral impacts have become painfully clear. But the stakes will only get higher as connected cameras will watch over the city, algorithms oversee society’s most critical decisions, and transport, jobs, and even war will become automated. The tech industry hasn’t yet earned the trust these technologies demand.

Drawing on years of research for his new book Future Ethics, designer Cennydd Bowles will illuminate the moral challenges that lie ahead for technologists, and discuss how practitioners and companies can create more thoughtful, ethical products for future generations.

Primary themes

Unintended consequences, externalities, ethics in the design process, contemporary ethical theory.


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In person

Offered as a conference keynote or in-house presentation. Previously delivered at Facebook, Microsoft, Hulu, Dropbox, BBC, Financial Times, and dozens of public conferences. Intended audience: designers, product managers, software engineers.

Companion workshop

This talk sits perfectly alongside the one-day masterclass Practical Ethics for Tech Teams. Book both for reduced rates.