Facebook, Google invented digital crack, and now we’re addicted to lies. It’s a health crisis

November 19, 2018 Bob Sullivan 2

I’ve written many times that consumers have been hacked. Corporations with billion-dollar research budgets have poked and prodded us for decades, exposing every weakness, turning your human nature against you and exploiting that systematically.  After reading this excellent Washington Post story about the spread of conspiracy theories online, I worry [Keep reading]

Know Your Nuggets: Endowed Progress

October 2, 2018 Bob Sullivan 0

Want your employees or consumers to finish something? Give them a decent head start. It sounds too simple to be true, but it is. People are more likely to complete a task if they are given a jump start at the beginning. This behavioral phenomenon is called “endowed progress.” We all [Keep reading]

What should college students know about ethics and technology? Help us make a 101 course, here

September 25, 2018 Bob Sullivan 1

  What should computer science students — all college students — learn about the intersection of ethics and technology? @ethicaltechorg, founded by two Duke university students, (I’m an adviser) is crowd sourcing the curriculum for Tech Ethics 101. Thoughts here, or at the link: https://ethical-tech.org/request-for-collaboration/ Algorithms run our lives today. They [Keep reading]

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