Possible Frameworks FRT #12

There are three possible courses of action that can be taken regarding facial recognition technology. The first course of action would be to make the companies stop developing facial recognition software. This action would guarantee the safety of our privacy, while also protecting our liberties and freedoms so they would not have the possibility to become infringed upon. The strengths of stopping development of facial recognition technology would decrease the possibility of the government and law enforcement to abuse their power. We wouldn’t have to worry about being watched at all times and knowing that anyone could stock you. All privacy concerns would vanish. The weaknesses of this approach are not being able to use the technology for all the beneficial aspects that it’s intended for. We wouldn’t be able to locate criminals as efficiently or find missing children quickly. There are more negative aspects of discontinuing the development of facial recognition technology. This course of action would fall under the rights approach, “This approach stipulates that the best ethical action is that which protects the ethical rights of those who are affected by the action. It emphasizes the belief that all humans have a right to dignity” (Brown University). The rights approach is used in this in this example because by stopping the development of this software the ethical rights of those affected by the action are put first.The second course of action that we could take would be to let the companies look out for their own self-interest and have them develop and use the technology however they please. This action would mean that privacy is not considered and that the companies have the ultimate say in the way facial recognition is used. The strength of this action would be that there are no rules or regulations to follow so companies could develop the technology faster. This, in turn, would help government agencies be able to use the technology for the positive benefits that facial recognition brings quicker. Companies would make more money with the targeted ads and other money saving techniques this tech brings. The stakeholder that suffers the most from this action would be the citizens. The weaknesses include no privacy for the people,

The second course of action that we could take would be to let the companies look out for their own self-interest and have them develop and use the technology however they please. This action would mean that privacy is not considered and that the companies have the ultimate say in the way facial recognition is used. The strength of this action would be that there are no rules or regulations to follow so companies could develop the technology faster. This, in turn, would help government agencies be able to use the technology for the positive benefits that facial recognition brings quicker. Companies would make more money with the targeted ads and other money saving techniques this tech brings. The stakeholder that suffers the most from this action would be the citizens. The weaknesses include no privacy for the people, a chance for government abuse, and companies becoming too powerful. This action would be a dictator’s dream making this fall under the egoistic approach, “In this approach, an individual often uses the utilitarian calculation to produce the greatest amount of good for him or herself” (Brown University). The egoistic approach falls perfectly under this course of action because the companies would use the utilitarian approach creating the most good for themselves without worrying about anybody else. Using this approach disregards the people and we’d most likely become a communist nation.

The last course of action that is a possibility is to continue to develop the facial recognition software, address the privacy concerns, and create laws to fit the rights of all stakeholders involved. By following this course of action, we can still develop the technology and use it for all the wonderful benefits that it is intended for. The other benefits of this action would be able to keep our privacy, companies not wasting any extra money on marketing, and the government able to run more efficiently. Weaknesses to this course of action would be a slower development of facial recognition software due to companies having to abide by new privacy laws and regulations. The ethical framework that this action represents it the utilitarian approach, “This conforms to our feeling that some good and some bad will necessarily be the result of our action and that the best action will be that which provides the most good or does the least harm, or, to put it another way, produces the greatest balance of good over harm” (Brown University). In this case, the utilitarian approach would create the most good and does the least harm to society. People would still have the privacy that they are entitled to and still have all the amazing benefits that this technology will bring to the world.

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