Technology is often somehow seen as objective, especially by people who don’t know much about how it’s made.
But like everything that involves human decision-making, it is riddled with biases.
In search of profit (or sometimes innocent simplification) we, the makers of technologies, the creators of technological tools, have the choice to for example reduce human friendship, with all their nuances, to a boolean: friendship is approved or it isn’t.
How we look at these biases will be crucial in building a better world, one where we acknowledge and address the issues we build into technology in the first place.
I gave this talk at Nordic Ruby in 2013 and at JS Conf EU in 2013, and a shortened version at Apps World in 2013.
You can see the video from JS Conf EU on YouTube.