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Engineers need a required course in ethics

We train engineers in efficiency, but we also need them to design for ethical outcomes.
  • Kush Saxena
By Kush Saxena

Chief technology officer, markets and transformation, Mastercard

This summer, the FaceApp debate exploded on social media, as people questioned the motives of the Russian engineers behind the technology that scanned millions of people’s faces, with no indication of what happened to the data given to the app.

Privacy is presumably top of mind for the general public, but people’s urge to literally see the face of their own future selves seemed to outweigh that threat.

FaceApp may serve no benefit beyond entertainment. But today, every company effectively becomes a tech company by leveraging advanced data analytics to fuel their business.

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