Have you ever asked yourself:

  • How are ethics at play in my workplace?

  • Does the moral responsibility for the design and use of a tech product rest solely with the creator?

  • What role does ethics play in innovation?

  • How can I make a difference in my company's ethical core values?

Imaging having the confidence to:

Counter inequality.
Put social and environmental good first.
Find balance between profit and purpose.

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Promote ethical innovation in your workplace by learning:

  • the three ethical perspectives on technology and how to apply them.

  • how different types of bias permeate design.

  • methods to counter bias.

  • the types of persuasion in personal and industry practices.

  • the technologies and ethics of defense.

  • the impact of technology on the environment.

Learn from the Expert:

The prevalence of digital tools, software, and data open endless ethical questions. They create effects we don’t always know how to anticipate which drive our norms for behavior and raise questions about issues of morality. Our quest for innovation may come at a cost, and we need ethical principles and practices spelled out for us today. This course explores and clearly explains the key ethical theories that should guide the design and use of technology. It offers practical advice for those who design and sell technology-based tools and informs anyone who uses technology in their professions. The lessons show us that we need to consider the influence of digital tools in our everyday lives, ask deeper questions about impact and justice, and think of ethics in innovation and technology in more relevant ways.

Taking you through a close reading of the book Future Ethics, author Cennydd Bowles will teach you about human bias in design; ethical vs. unethical types of persuasive communication, including marketing; uses of personal data and surveillance capitalism; and the impact design can have on global issues such as sustainability and human survival. Learn through a multimedia experience, with videos, book pages, and interactive reinforcement and assessment. Bowles knows that we have an opportunity to learn from our actions and history, but our actions are making history today.

Basic level; Prerequisites or Advance Preparation Needed: None.

Need Credits?

This course meets requirements for several professional organizations. See the list at the right to find yours!

  • IAPP: 8 credits

  • NASBA: QAS Self Study | 5 CPEs in Behavioral Ethics

  • HRCI: Ethics, 8 credits

  • SHRM: BoCK: Interpersonal Cluster—Leadership | 8 PDCs

  • AMA: Domain 2—8 credits


Cennydd Bowles

Designer and Futurist

Cennydd Bowles is a designer and futurist with nearly two decades of experience advising companies including Twitter, Samsung, Accenture, and the BBC. He has lectured on responsible innovation at Facebook, Stanford University, and Google, and now runs ethical design and futures studio, NowNext.

Still Have Questions?

  • How long will it take me to complete the course?

    Most students complete this course in 7-8 hours. If you need a break, just finish your current lesson and close up! Your course progress will be saved for you.

  • How difficult is it?

    This course is specifically designed for a wide audience, from beginners on up! To help you digest the material, each review question comes with feedback to help you learn.

  • Will I receive a certificate of completion?

    Yes! After passing the final multiple-choice assessment, you will be awarded a certificate by email and in your dashboard. Be sure to share it with your coworkers and on social media!

Based on the groundbreaking book
Future Ethics

“An eloquent, insightful and utterly readable guide to thinking about the complicated mess we have made for ourselves. A must read for anyone who is inventing the future or cares about living in it.”

Christina Wodtke, Stanford University

“At a time when technologists are only starting to grasp how their values and biases weave through the products they build, Cennydd’s long-lens view of ethics is exactly what designers, product managers and builders of today’s digital products need.”

Azeem Azhar, Exponential View

“Intellectual ideas in a style that’s both accessible and actionable for hands-on practitioners. This book covers some of the most important topics practitioners need to consider as they work with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other forms of advanced computing technologies.”

Jon Kolko, Partner, Modernist Studio

“We need good books about ethics now more than ever. Practitioners need guidance on how to think ethically, how to detect ethical choices, and how to resolve ethical dilemmas. That’s exactly what this book is, and it’s destined to become a well-thumbed classic.”

Alan Cooper

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Course curriculum

  • 1


    • How to Use This Course

    • Introduction

    • Important Key Terms for The Impact of Ethics in Innovation and Technology

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Technology is Not Neutral and Humans Have Biases

    • Lesson 1 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapters 1-2

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapters 1-2

    • Knowledge Check

  • 3

    Lesson 2: The Uses and Misuses of Persuasion and Data

    • Lesson 2 Instructor Video

    • Lesson 2 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapters 3-4

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapters 3-4

    • Knowledge Check

  • 4

    Lesson 3: The Ethics of Monitoring, Crowd Control, and Defense

    • Lesson 3 Instructor Video

    • Lesson 3 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapters 5-6

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Chapters 5-6

    • Knowledge Check

  • 5

    Lesson 4: The Path to Dystopia

    • Lesson 4 Instructor Video

    • Lesson 4 Learning Objectives

    • Summary of Chapters 7 and 8

    • Knowledge Check

  • 6

    Lesson 5: A New Tech Philosophy

    • Lesson 5 Instructor Video

    • Lesson 5 Learning Objectives

    • Lesson Reading: Chapter 9

    • Optional Lesson Reading: Ch. 9

    • Knowledge Check

  • 7


    • Instructor Video: Conclusion

  • 8


    • Next Steps

    • Final Assessment

    • Course Survey: Please take this short survey before downloading your certificate!