When I went to college in the early 80's, students protested against college endowments invested in companies that had business in apartheid South Africa. My mother worked as a statistician for one of those companies. An interesting dilemma, do I support a policy that hurts the company that is indirectly helping to put me through college?
Now my daughter is in college and worrying that the computing revolution will make it hard to find a job once she graduates and making her consider those job prospects in the major she chooses. And what am I? Chair of a computer science department that helps push that revolution forward.
Computing gets quite a bit of blame these days for the widening income gap between the have and the have nots, and jobs taken over by automation, but without causing a corresponding need for other types of jobs, other than those that serve computation itself. Are those fears real? We can't answer that question yet, positively or negatively. Time will tell.
For now, we just need to do our jobs, making computing better but also understanding and mitigating the negative effects of computing. We need to make sure that computing technology becomes a growing sea that raises all boats, and not just making the world better for the technological elite.
While I stand in awe in how computer science has changed the world, I hope we don't ever end up with CS leaders getting together and saying "What have we wrought?"