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The Killing IT Podcast

IT authors and entrepreneurs Ryan Morris, Karl Palachuk, and Dave Sobel provide commentary on the changing world of technology opportunities and emerging tech.

We want to expand the discussion from the SMB IT channel to all things tech - with one eye on the future and the other on profits. Join us!

Nov 26, 2019

Everything this week is related to AI and ethics.

Topic 1:

Follow-up on Episode 33 - AI ethics across cultural boundaries.

Karl: “China will call it protecting our culture.”

Ryan said: “Crossing geographic boundaries is one things, but crossing cultural boundaries is another.”

So, how do we address cultural norms and ethics in a worldwide discussion. Business ethics and laws are different everywhere, yet we practice economic relationships without boundaries.

What should we be discussing here? We have thoughts.

Topic 2:

More ethics. The Wall Street Journal had a long article addressing the fact that Google is messing with search results to fit corporate needs and political biases.

Google has more than 90% of the worldwide search traffic. They made about 500 changes to their search algorithm in 2010. And about 2400 in 2017, and 3200 in 2018. That's a lot of changes! Most of them are in response to some kind of request.

It turns out, Google’s super-secret algorithm favors big companies over small companies; favors eBay and other large advertisers; and favors already-big web sites over lesser-known web sites.

Google also works hard to crafting “knowledge panels” in order to keep you on their site. AND they change the results of auto-complete in an attempt to be politically correct and less divisive.

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Related topic: AI is male biased

Note: Update. In the days after this posted, Google’s “Top Stories” included links to articles refuting the WSJ post. :-)

And now for the Mail Bag . . .

Topic 3: Listener Joe asked our thoughts on companies that negotiate - or pay off - ransomware.

Should you (and your clients) negotiate with ransomware criminals? Should you engage a company to negotiate for you? What's "right" and what are the best practices.

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