Ethics: Are we misusing the terms "master-slave". Do we even have a community / forum in which we can discuss this?

The recent world wide considerations of the diversity challenges in our society has highlighted that we in Engineering can be perpetuating some of the derogatory terms implicit within our use of "Master-Slave" for purely inanimate technical control scenarios. [1 - N]


We have policies on slavery that every volunteer, staff member and Trustee must read and abide to, but it appears we haven't noticed, to any significant extent, our own continued use of "slave" in our writings.


Do we even have a community or forum in which we can discuss this ethical, and publishing issue?


Philip Oakley

[1] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53273923

[2] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3243656.stm

[3] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-53050955

[4 ] http://www.jstor.com/stable/40061475   "Broken Metaphor: The Master-Slave Analogy in Technical Literature"

[5] https://www.theiet.org/involved/volunteering-for-the-iet/volunteer-hub/our-policies/anti-slavery-policy/


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  • I would have thought that if you wanted a community opinion, "Ask the Community" would be a reasonable choice.


    As for master/slave, I agree with OMS, if people want to see offence they will, I do not find it offensive.  I gather the term "blacklist" is now to be deprecated, and the little mermaid statue in Copenhagen has been labeled " racist fish".  The world has gone mad.


    David


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  • I would have thought that if you wanted a community opinion, "Ask the Community" would be a reasonable choice.


    As for master/slave, I agree with OMS, if people want to see offence they will, I do not find it offensive.  I gather the term "blacklist" is now to be deprecated, and the little mermaid statue in Copenhagen has been labeled " racist fish".  The world has gone mad.


    David


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