Expect Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of business software giant VMware, to speak out more often about technology’s harmful effects on society.
Tech companies must pay more attention to ethical issues and ensure that their products don’t damage society, he argues.
“You can’t have company business models that are fundamentally prying on people’s personal data and the only way for them to deliver financial returns is to become more invasive of humanity,” Gelsinger told Fortune.
Gelsinger’s comments come as VMware hosts its annual conference in San Francisco, starting Monday. His warnings are quickly becoming more common from tech leaders, many of whom had previously spent years praising the fruits of innovation.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Salesforce’s co-CEOs Marc Benioff and Keith Block, for example, are increasingly calling out the data privacy practices of big tech companies like Google and Facebook.
Gelsinger believes that tech companies need to take more responsibility for the impact that their products and business models…