[ExI] 23andme again
spike at rainier66.com
Thu Jun 27 01:03:53 UTC 2013
>... On Behalf Of Mike Dougherty
Subject: Re: [ExI] 23andme again
On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM, spike <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:
>>... So who "outed" my cousin's father? Did I do it? Or was it 23andMe?
> If both, would that be 23andMe and me? ...
>...If you wanted to be that for-profit joker I mentioned...
Oy vey, I was up to my eyeballs in ethical dilemmas when I was doing this
for nothing, with exactly zero external forces. I could scarcely imagine
the orders of magnitude greater ethical dilemmas presented if one has a
bunch of other motives, among them carrying out what one agreed to do as a
business. I would rather make a living as a prostitute than even attempt
doing this kind of research for profit. I wouldn't accept money for this
unsavory business if I were starving. (The 23 business I mean.
Prostitution? Sure no problem.)
>...I offer this name and slogan
>...23andWe: Don't do it alone...
Waaaaahahahahahahahaaaaaahahahaaa! Excellent Mike. Hey just because the
ethical dilemmas presented here are driving me nuts doesn't mean we aren't
allowed to have fun with it.
>...Between now and that EZ button service offered directly from 23andMe,
you have plenty of proles who would rather spend another $99 to have you do
the modest digging. My guess is that few cases would really require more
Ja I am astonished at how easy it has become to find out a ton of stuff,
with only a bit of internet mining and modest reasoning skills.
Here's another take on all this for you Mike. I am tripping all over myself
on the ethics of being the one with potentially harmful knowledge, but I
wouldn't give a second thought to the ethics of developing software which
just runs, as software always does, cold-heartedly enabling potentially
harmful knowledge to be generated. I would help develop an EZ service
This episode has pointed out to me an ethical blind spot have had for years
and never really pondered, one which is related to AI and singularity
research. I will participate in development of software which performs
duties I would not do myself. I did not and would not tell the information,
but I pointed out how to use existing software to get the same info. So I
will not be the bad guy myself, but I will explain how to use software which
will do the same thing I wasn't willing to do, or even let my own computer
code be the bad guy.
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