Top of Mind Thursday July 24, 2014: Unintended Consequences

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The remains of many of the victims of last week’s Malaysian Airlines crash over the Ukraine are being returned to the Netherlands this week.

Leverage2Market LogoIt appears more and more likely that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile launcher obtained by Ukrainian separatists from Russia.

I’m willing to offer the benefit of the doubt and say that I don’t believe anyone intended for this technology to be used to shoot down civilian airliners. However, when you put this sort of weapon in the hands of an untrained militia, it’s not surprising that a tragedy like this occurs.

With great power comes great responsibility. We need to consider not just how technology can change the world for good, but also what can happen if it’s put in the wrong hands.

That doesn’t mean we stop innovating. It does mean that we are vigilant about understanding how and where things can go wrong and doing our best to avoid disasters waiting to happen.

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