All software should have an off-switch


Quick Take

  • The notion of apolitical software — including bitcoin — is a potentially dangerous pipe dream
  • System designers should carefully consider the legal and moral consequences of creating software that can’t be stopped
  • Science fiction author Stanislaw Lem’s short story “The Electronic Bard” provides a funny and thoughtful basis for establishing a rubric for making design decisions regarding so-called “un-stoppability” 

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All software should have an off-switch written by Stephen Palley @ June 12, 2020 Stephen Palley

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