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Algorithm Inventarium: The Greater Good Ethics Canvas

Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Henry Dobson, Max Haarich

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
Zoom meeting

Towards Responsible, Humane Technologies

In this interaction we are introducing the “Greater Good Ethics Canvas” to be used for the development of Humanity Centered Technology.

In a three step approach we are

  1. Introducing the canvas and how it works
  2. Usethe canvas on given examples the participants bring with them, preferably technologies that foster inclusive living in smart cities and urban living labs or refer somehow to the sustainable development goals
  3. Discussing results, difficulties and proper applications of the canvas to our future work.

Outcomes of the Greater Good canvas are:

  • Clear and concise statements about how your technology product is designed, the way you intend the product to work, what the consequences of your product are in broader social settings, and whether your product is likely to achieve its ultimate objective – for the greater good.
  • Critical thinking with insights into how your technology product can or will impact people’s behaviour, and whether the consequences of this behaviour is sufficient for generating the social change necessary for achieving your objectives.
  • Ethical risk assessment of how your technology product might affect people’s personal lives, health and well-being, as well as broader social and organisational inter-actions, and the possibility of unintended consequences and how to mitigate the potential risks associated with such consequences.
  • Rethinking how your technology product and business can be designed and managed so as to become more efficient and effective for achieving your ultimate objectives.


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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

This interaction is supported by the City of Vienna, “Digital Humanism” funding scheme 2019, project “Algorithm inventarium (AI+)”.

Ars Electronica Research Institute knowledge for humanity (AT)
exploration space (AT)
Austrian Academy of Sciences (AT)
Gesellschaft für Digitale Ethik (DE)
Embassy of the Republic of Užupis to Munich
The Institute of Technological Ethics (AU)