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  1. Polly Mitchell-Guthrie
    November 14, 2016 @ 11:58 am

    Very interesting point. I haven’t read it, but I’ve seen many talk about the book Weapons of Math Destruction, which speaks to the perspective of the hard it can do. And I pay a lot of attention to machine learning and artificial intelligence, which scares many people into believing that machines will take their jobs, and a few alarmist folks believe it will take over the world. Microsoft’s Chatbot disaster is another example, although I maintain that math is a tool of humans who must ensure it is used responsibly. Thanks for bringing this up!

    • jnangelis
      November 15, 2016 @ 9:24 am

      Ooh, the WMD book sounds fascinating. Yes, and I forgot to bring up the Big Short book/movie and other financial examples as well.

  2. Dave Hunt
    November 15, 2016 @ 1:33 am

    INFORMS is thinking about these topics, and over the summer approved a set of ethics guidelines that members of INFORMS should aspire to in their career. If you have not seen them, please stop by the INFORMS booth in the exhibit hall and pick up one of the wallet sized versions.

    INFORMS members are involved in issues of national defense, public policy analysis, medical decisions, business strategy, etc. Our work can impact the lives of people, so we have a responsibility to at least be cognizant of the impacts to society, our organizations and the profession.

    In conjunction with the new ethics guidelines, we have also created a net Community on INFORMS Connect on Ethics in OR & Analytics. Please join if you would like to be part of the discussion about this topic.

    • jnangelis
      November 15, 2016 @ 9:23 am

      I’ll definitely join the Ethics group, and it’s good to read that INFORMS is thinking about such things.

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