"We cannot rely on the makers of new technology to think about the moral and privacy implications."
In Silicon Valley, that fairy-tale land of robots and driverless cars, a deeply held belief motivates all: If you build it, they will come.
If engineers can build something, the thinking goes, they do. Whether they should is beside the point. People will eventually adapt, engineers believe, just as they always have.
And they do adapt, most of the time. That uneasy feeling that often accompanies our first experience with a new technology quickly subsides, and we are won over. Sure, smartphones track us everywhere we go, but who worries about that when they’re so cool and useful?