The carrots and sticks of ethical NLP
Professions run into ethical problems all the time. Consider engineering: the US sold $9.9b worth of arms in 2016 ($3.9b in missiles). The most optimistic reading is that instruments of death prevent death. Consider medicine: Medical research is dominated by concerns of market size and patentability, leaving basic questions like “is this fever from bacteria or virus” unanswered for people treating illnesses in low-income countries. Consider law: Lawyers upholding the law can break any normal definition of justice. Even in philosophy, ethicists are not known to be more moral than anyone else.