thesis #3 We follow a near-sighted utilitarianism code of actionphoto by sindre-wimberger on flickr.com cc-by-sa-2.0
utilitarianismAn ethical philosophy in which the happiness of the greatestnumber of people in the society is considered the greatestgood. According to this philosophy, an action is morallyright if its consequences lead to happiness (absence of pain),and wrong if it ends in unhappiness (pain). Source: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/utilitarianism.html
summary If your actions resulted in happinessfor a majority of people, you did good. It’s OK, if some became unhappy.
thesis #4Every time we design an interface we’re defining absolute rules
thesis #4Every time we design an interface we’re defining universal rules.
what should be taken into account First formulation of the categorical imperative “Act only according to that maximwhereby you can at the same time willthat it should become a universal law.” Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
summary Always act in a way,that you want everybody to act, too
conclusionAs we are designing deterministic systems, we should consider Kant’s thoughts.
mental model“Design is invisible” by Lucius Burckhardt
When we design, we always change something tothe complex system, that’s called societyIf we design a chair, a sign or a website, we always need to consider the impact to the system. This is what we must design at first, not the product.
My stand as of today Change things in a way, that it becomes easier for others to do good instead of bad.photo by Lutz Schmitt cc-by-sa-3.0