Following in Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook’s footsteps, Silicon Valley actor, Kumail Nanjiani has also implied that tech companies could very well cause destruction.
The comedian who plays the role of Dinesh Chugtai on HBO’s “Silicon Valley”, a tech movie about a start-up, Pied Piper which he manages with his flat mates, made these claim in a series of tweets he made on Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 2017.
He tweeted “Thread: I know there’s a lot of scary stuff in the world rn, but this is something I’ve been thinking about that I can’t get out of my head. As a cast member on a show about tech, our job entails visiting tech companies/conferences etc. We meet ppl eager to show off new tech.”
“Often we’ll see tech that is scary. I don’t mean weapons etc. I mean altering video, tech that violates privacy, stuff w obv ethical issues. And we’ll bring up our concerns to them. We are realizing that ZERO consideration seems to be given to the ethical implications of tech.”
He continued, “They don’t even have a pat rehearsed answer. They are shocked at being asked. Which means nobody is asking those questions. We’re not making it for that reason but the way ppl choose to use it isn’t our fault. Safeguard will develop.” But tech is moving so fast.”
“That there is no way humanity or laws can keep up. We don’t even know how to deal with open death threats online. Only “Can we do this?” Never “should we do this? We’ve seen that same blasé attitude in how Twitter or Facebook deal w abuse/fake news.”
He then added: “Tech has the capacity to destroy us. We see the negative effect of social media. & no ethical considerations are going into dev of tech. You can’t put this stuff back in the box. Once it’s out there, it’s out there. And there are no guardians. It’s terrifying. The end.”
It would be recalled that Tim Cook took a similar swipe at tech companies earlier this week following the U.S. congressional investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.