In the book are 16 short portraits of people whom I find admirable. They embody, exemplify, or champion specific virtues. They can function as exemplars and inspire you to cultivate and express relevant virtues.

Below are links to talks or interviews with them. You can see and hear them; and model their ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. You can try-out relevant virtues in your work and projects–learn by doing.

Please note that I do not expect that you view all of these exemplars admirable in the same way that I do. Maybe you even do not admire some of them. Still, I hope that you can learn from some of them.

(Here are other online resources that accompany the book Ethics for people who work in tech.)

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg As You’ve Never Seen Her Before: Memes, Beans and Climate Activism, 2022
Greta Thunberg’s emotional speech to EU leaders, 2019

The Guardian: Greta Thunberg responds to Asperger’s critics: ‘It’s a superpower’, 2019

Financial Times: Greta Thunberg: ‘All my life I’ve been the invisible girl’, 2019

Tristan Harris

How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day | Tristan Harris, 2017

The Center for Humane Technology: About and Take Control

How technology is designed to bring out the worst in us, Vox podcast, with Ezra Klein, 2018

Kate Raworth

A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow | Kate Raworth, 2018

Doughnut Economics; several Animations; and a short video: What is Doughnut Economics

Kate Raworth inaugurated as first Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Professor of Practice

Otto Scharmer

Theory U – Learning from the future as it emerges | Otto Scharmer | TEDxTUHH, 2016

Theory U on Wikipedia

The u-school methods and tools feature a unique blend among state-of-the-art systems thinking, action learning, social arts, awareness practices, and tools for multi-sector systems transformation

Cathy O’Neil

The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O’Neil, 2017

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, 2016

Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy | Podcast, 2022

Douglas Rushkoff

How to be “Team Human” in the digital future | Douglas Rushkoff, 2019

Douglas Rushkoff: Team Human vs. Team AI: To make artificial intelligence live up to its promise, we need to understand and reframe the values implicit in the technology

Team Human, host of a long-standing podcast, e.g., this episode: Kibbitz Room II live, 2022

Marleen Stikker

Marleen Stikker | Odyssey Ethical Deep Dive, 2019

De Digitale Stad (The Digital City), nominated as Unesco World Heritage

The Digital City unlocked

Jaron Lanier

How we need to remake the internet | Jaron Lanier, 2018

You will love this conversation with Jaron Lanier, but I can’t describe it, Vox podcast with Ezra Klein, 2018

The New York Times: Jaron Lanier fixes the internet, 2019

The New Yorker: There is no AI: There are ways of controlling the new technology—but first we have to stop mythologizing it, 2023

Sherry Turkle

Connected, but alone? | Sherry Turkle, 2012

Some of her books: The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit(1984), about how computers affect how we look at ourselves, and think and act; Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (1995), about how people can go into virtual worlds and explore multiple identities; Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (2011), about how our obsession with connectivity corrodes natural, organic, genuine communication; and Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (2015), which deals with how being ‘always on’ made us forget the benefits of solitude and how to connect to others.

Sherry Turkle in conversation with Douglas Rushkoff, on the Team Human podcast, 2022

Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari on Vipassana, Reality, Suffering, & Consciousness, 2018

Yuval Noah Harari Reveals the Real Dangers Ahead | The TED Interview, 2022

The New Yorker: Yuval Noah Harari’s History of Everyone, Ever, 2020

The Economist: Yuval Noah Harari argues that AI has hacked the operating system of human civilisation, 2023

Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato: Government — investor, risk-taker, innovator, 2013
What is economic value, and who creates it? | Mariana Mazzucato, 2020

Wired: This economist has a plan to fix capitalism. It’s time we all listened, 2019

John C. Havens

Ethically Aligned Design & Applied AI Ethics with John C. Havens, 2020

John Havens: The ethics of AI: how to stop your robot cooking your cat, 2015

The IEEE Planet Positive 2030 Initiative, under the leadership of Maike Lukenn and John Havens

Safiya U. Noble

Safiya Noble, Internet Studies and Digital Media Scholar | 2021 MacArthur Fellow (Extended), 2021
How biased are our algorithms? | Safiya Umoja Noble | TEDxUIUC, 2014

The Intersection of Technology, Power and Society, Safiya Umoja Noble, co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, is committed to re-imagining technology and championing racial and economic justice

John Tasioulas

Why We Need AI Ethics with Dr. John Tasioulas, 2021

John Tasioulas: The role of the arts and humanities in thinking about artificial intelligence (AI), 2021

The University of Oxford’s Institute for Ethics in AI: Confronting the ethical implications of AI from a philosophical and humanistic perspective

Timnit Gebru

How To Stop Artificial Intelligence From Marginalizing Communities? | Timnit Gebru | TEDxCollegePark, 2018

Wired: What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru, 2021; and Ex-Googler Timnit Gebru Starts Her Own AI Research Center, 2021

Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute

Edward Snowden

How we take back the internet | Edward Snowden, 2014

Edward Snowden on Wikipedia

The Freedom of the Press Foundation, which ‘protects, defends, and empowers public-interest journalism in the 21st century’