I'm starting to see designers, whether systems, UX or Eng flavored, as the last defense against the "Technology should control humans" camp, but ironically, they have the most to gain from that camp as well in the middle term, a la China.
I applaud the IEEE for tackling such a high level topic like this and framing it so clearly. As a designer myself, I'm fully in the camp that Humans should control technology, its a tool that should be clear and discrete. This in itself is a key part of "well-being" as I believe the other half results in things such as addiction, abuse, and unwilling control.
However, when it comes to corporate environments, its becoming harder and harder to define humans as the control point, since there are so many corp benefits to putting technology in control. How have you seen this yourselves? Have you come up with defensive tactics or evangelized human well-being? I'd love to know how.
> However, when it comes to corporate environments, its becoming harder and harder to define humans as the control point, since there are so many corp benefits to putting technology in control.
If you're a bit lenient on how you define "technology" so that it includes policy and process, then that group of humans controlling technology controlling humans gets much larger, as it starts to define most medium to large businesses. Put in that context, it might be more accurate to think of it not in terms of technology, but systems. Humans have been using systems to control humans for millennia, and the arguments are just as old, and the system controlling the people is not a new trope either (e.g. Orwell's classic 1984). I suspect researching and regurgitating those discussions will yield interesting perspectives.
Even the questions (search for ?) are templatey.
It's weird. Jump around to a random spot and mentally parse a paragraph. Glance at the one before and after and see if a question forms in your mind: "Why (do you, did you, would you bother to) say that?" ... the next paragraph is has no answer, just more of the same.
Perhaps I have just awakened from a dream world of simple actions and visceral experience to discover another world of human termites that only communicate with vague chemical signals. Maybe the limited vocabulary describes chemiistry and these people attend conferences so they can sniff one another.