Lessons in Ethical Development Learned from Star Wars

June 23, 2017

Speaker: Jameson Hampton, Software Engineer, Agrilyst 
Level: 100 (Beginner)
Track: WTC Lounge

When Rogue One came out, I was excited to watch a group of courageous marginalized people rebelling against the overwhelming power of the Empire. As I watched and then reflected on this movie, I began to draw an analogy with my career path. It’s our responsibility as engineers and developers to think about the ethics of our work and how it might be repurposed. 

What You Will Learn:

The importance of setting a moral code for yourself and how to implement self-accountability in regards to it.

Code can be repurposed. Some guidelines for considering the ramifications of your work and the overall objectives of the organizations you might consider joining.

When people are scared, their primary motivation is to feel safe, which is understandable. It might feel safer to succumb to pressure to do work that you don’t agree with or ignore an unjust situation than to voice your concerns. In this session, we'll have a brief dialog on strategies for dealing with such situations.

 

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