The innovative capabilities of technology – as well as the potency of that technology – are advancing at a remarkable pace, creating new possibilities in today’s digital economy. This is mostly wonderful, with one large caveat: we must keep in mind that just because we have the ability to deploy a new technological innovation does not mean that we should. The need to prioritize digital ethics is becoming increasingly important for all organizations that are mindful about the imprint that they are leaving on society.
The transformative ways in which new technologies – particularly artificial intelligence – are being utilized call for deeper discussions around the ethical considerations of these deployments. Depending on the organization and its level of ambition for implementing these technologies, that might even include the need for a chief ethics officer to ensure these issues receive appropriate attention at high levels of the organization.