As a consultant I've chosen not to work on projects because I thought they violated my own, personal ethics. However that is very hard to do with a day job. You can talk to senior management and lobby for your cause, but if you have a career tied up in a company it's very difficult to severe ties because they want to splash advertising on the dashboard every time you start your car. The justification is that It's annoying, rather than illegal, and only violates your own personal standards, not the standards of society which seem to be incredibly tolerant. Heck, look how popular Facebook is.
Talk about a balancing act. You raise many legitimate issues in terms of a software developer's responsibility to the end result of what his or her code ends up doing. But the reality is that in today's world, everything you do triggers some sort of data collection activity that is then put to use for something--whether to convince you buy something else or to give a manufacturer better intelligence on how their product is used.
That seems to be where the world is heading thanks to technology advances like infinite cloud processing power, social media, and big-data analytics. So how does a lone software engineer buck the tide of global innovation (that's what some would call it). Isn't that a mere recipe for losing a job?
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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