Mathematician Hannah Fry has called for tech and data scientists to make an ethical pledge, as medical doctors do. But the same result might be delivered by simply asking people to mind their bias.
Given there have been so many ethical breaches from parliamentarians in recent years, instituting a code of ethics is worth considering.
The best way to get bankers to behave well might be to bind them to a code of ethics, like doctors. We've tried ever tighter rules.
Technological professionals are the first, and last, lines of defense against the misuse of technology.
The university sector has a relatively relaxed stance on staff-student relationships and should consider adopting standards like those for health professionals.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has demonstrated how catastrophically some teachers have failed their duties - a pledge is one way to turn that around.
Today's robots and artificial intelligence look very different from the androids conceived by Isaac Asimov.
Many professionals risk the wrath of their governing body if they act against any code of ethics. But not so the IT industry. Is it time for that to change?