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As a Tech Ethicist, Polgar examines our evolving tech usage from an ethical, emotional, and legal perspective. With an interdisciplinary approach, Polgar often discusses ethical dilemmas, content moderation, digital citizenship, emerging tech, digital wellness, and what it means to be human in the digital age. He is also a leader in the growing Responsible Tech movement.
 
Emerging technology has disrupted society & the human condition. Polgar makes sense of the disruption, offers insight, and poses challenging questions.
 

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“The irony of the digital age is that it’s caused us to reflect on what it is to be human,” says tech ethicist David Polgar, founder of the All Tech Is Human initiative, which aims to better align technology with our own interests. “A lot of this predictive analytics is getting at the heart of whether or not we have free will: Do I choose my next step, or does Google? And if it can predict my next step, then what does that say about me?”Add Testimonial here

Google, you automplete me

"The reason this can go sideways is because human communication and relationships are based on reciprocity," said David Ryan Polgar, a technology ethicist. "What if I'm spending time thinking about someone and writing to them but the other person isn't? They're not putting in the same effort but they still want the benefit of a deepened relationship."

 

As a result, he said, communication becomes cheapened.

 

"It becomes transactional, solely about the words and not the meaning," said Polgar, who thinks Google and other AI developers have an ethical responsibility to disclose that their assistants aren't human.

Should people know they're talking to an algorithm?

“While we’re busy humanizing our technology, we also want to ensure that we are not becoming botified as humans,” says Polgar, “In an effort to scale intimacy and increase efficiency, we need to be mindful of not diluting our humanity.”

"Technology is not the problem. The problem is our misuse or lack of education behind it."

The real parenting lessons of the 'Child Predator Social Experiment'

Offline or on Facebook, crass is crass when it comes to funerals and memorial services, said David Ryan Polgar. "Would you want to see Google Glass at a funeral? Nothing can replace that human connection," he said. "There are certain times for a heightened awareness, a need to stay in the moment, and a funeral is one of them."

Social Media and Mourning: Funerals May Be the Last Frontier

"Our smartphones and constant connectivity have created a situation where we have oodles of options and an extremely easy way to change our plans...This has spelled disaster for actually committing in advance. It creates havoc for party planners, but it is certainly becoming the new normal."

"Do you suffer from RSVP rage?"

"By being aware what the child is using the device for, along with the total amount of time used, parents can structure a media diet that is high in quality and healthy in quantity. Instead of having a feast of famine lifestyle filled with long stretches of continuous use and then forced digital detoxes, it can be replaced with mindful consumption."

"Why Summertime Shouldn't Mean More Screen Time."

David Ryan Polgar, digital lifestyle expert and tech ethicist, believes the anonymous social app phenomenon can be viewed as, "a counterweight to the ever-increasing civilized nature of social media...As more people realize the permanent nature of mainstream social networks it will continue to open up opportunities for social networking platforms that promise an escape."

"Why anonymous social apps will always be in demand."

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Articles, Video, and Radio

What does it mean to be a human in the digital age? (TV interview with Dukascopy TV)

Will We Automate You? (Something's Off with Andrew Heaton | podcast)

December 5, 2018

Humanizing Social Media (TV. NBC affiliate, Mass Appeal

January 12, 2016