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Digital Public Sphere & INFOSOC WGs: How AI Creates a Deterministic World

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  • Tue 23 Feb 2021 16.00 - 17.30
  Add to Calendar 2021-02-23 16:00 2021-02-23 17:30 Europe/Paris Digital Public Sphere & INFOSOC WGs: How AI Creates a Deterministic World

Speakers: Niklas Eder (Humboldt University Berlin and Information Society Project at Yale Law School) 

Yuval Goldfus (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 

  

Commentator: Daniel Innerarity (Professor, School of Transnational Governance) 

Discussant: Yeliz Figen Döker (PhD Researcher, EUI, Department of Law)  

Moderator: Tommaso Fia (PhD Researcher, EUI, Department of Law) 

  

The authors will present their paper entitled ‘How AI creates a deterministic world'. 

  

Daniel Innerarity (School of Transnational Governance) and Yeliz Figen Döker (EUI) will take part in the presentation as commentator and discussant.  

  

All attendees are strongly invited to join in the discussion that will follow. 

  

Abstract   

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming the dominant instrument of generating knowledge in the 21st century — thereby shaping the future of humanity itself. It is frequently hailed as a miracle cure: a human-made tool that surpasses man in its magnificence, solving our problems and taking us to the next level of technical (and for that matter, human) development. In this article, however, we demonstrate that AI relies on a deterministic worldview, which we should not make our own without reservations. The article argues that the knowledge which AI creates is not truth, but a means to power. Algorithmic systems don't simply reveal the patterns underlying our world, but create and enforce them, to the detriment of the underprivileged, the exceptional, the unlikely. AI creates the deterministic world it predicts and is thus at odds with our most important values and narratives. The widespread adoption and utilisation of AI diminishes humans' abilities to be masters of their own fate, thereby sacrificing what is at the heart of a free society. This article aims at empowering philosophers to develop a vision for one of the most pressing issues of our time, and offers a starting point for such a vision. 

Bios 

Niklas Eder is a PhD Candidate in the Doctoral Programme EPEDER at Humboldt University Berlin and a Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He has graduated in law at Humboldt University Berlin in the program European Law School, and holds a Maîtrise en Droit from Paris II and a LL.M. from King’s College London. Niklas has previously worked for Peer Zumbansen and Christian Calliess. His recent publications include ‘Privacy, Non-Discrimination and Equal Treatment: Developing a Fundamental Rights Response to Behavioural Profiling’ in Algorithmic Governance and Governance of Algorithms, ed. Martin Ebers and Marta Cantero Gamito (Springer, 2020), and forthcoming: Machine Learning-Based Surveillance, Surveillance Theory and Critical Legal Scholarship’ 

 

Yuval Goldfus is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a research fellow at the university's Cyber Security Research Center. His research focuses on the right to privacy and its connection to a social conception of the self. Until recently he was a junior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and a member of the institute’s working group drafting a proposal for the new Protection of Privacy Bill of Israel. 

 

All interested fellows, PhD researchers, professors and visiting academics are invited to participate. 

To register for the event, please send an e-mail by 21 February 2021, 24:00 CET to [email protected]. The Zoom link will be circulated with registered participants before the event. 

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Speakers: Niklas Eder (Humboldt University Berlin and Information Society Project at Yale Law School) 

Yuval Goldfus (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 

  

Commentator: Daniel Innerarity (Professor, School of Transnational Governance) 

Discussant: Yeliz Figen Döker (PhD Researcher, EUI, Department of Law)  

Moderator: Tommaso Fia (PhD Researcher, EUI, Department of Law) 

  

The authors will present their paper entitled ‘How AI creates a deterministic world'. 

  

Daniel Innerarity (School of Transnational Governance) and Yeliz Figen Döker (EUI) will take part in the presentation as commentator and discussant.  

  

All attendees are strongly invited to join in the discussion that will follow. 

  

Abstract   

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming the dominant instrument of generating knowledge in the 21st century — thereby shaping the future of humanity itself. It is frequently hailed as a miracle cure: a human-made tool that surpasses man in its magnificence, solving our problems and taking us to the next level of technical (and for that matter, human) development. In this article, however, we demonstrate that AI relies on a deterministic worldview, which we should not make our own without reservations. The article argues that the knowledge which AI creates is not truth, but a means to power. Algorithmic systems don't simply reveal the patterns underlying our world, but create and enforce them, to the detriment of the underprivileged, the exceptional, the unlikely. AI creates the deterministic world it predicts and is thus at odds with our most important values and narratives. The widespread adoption and utilisation of AI diminishes humans' abilities to be masters of their own fate, thereby sacrificing what is at the heart of a free society. This article aims at empowering philosophers to develop a vision for one of the most pressing issues of our time, and offers a starting point for such a vision. 

Bios 

Niklas Eder is a PhD Candidate in the Doctoral Programme EPEDER at Humboldt University Berlin and a Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He has graduated in law at Humboldt University Berlin in the program European Law School, and holds a Maîtrise en Droit from Paris II and a LL.M. from King’s College London. Niklas has previously worked for Peer Zumbansen and Christian Calliess. His recent publications include ‘Privacy, Non-Discrimination and Equal Treatment: Developing a Fundamental Rights Response to Behavioural Profiling’ in Algorithmic Governance and Governance of Algorithms, ed. Martin Ebers and Marta Cantero Gamito (Springer, 2020), and forthcoming: Machine Learning-Based Surveillance, Surveillance Theory and Critical Legal Scholarship’ 

 

Yuval Goldfus is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a research fellow at the university's Cyber Security Research Center. His research focuses on the right to privacy and its connection to a social conception of the self. Until recently he was a junior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and a member of the institute’s working group drafting a proposal for the new Protection of Privacy Bill of Israel. 

 

All interested fellows, PhD researchers, professors and visiting academics are invited to participate. 

To register for the event, please send an e-mail by 21 February 2021, 24:00 CET to [email protected]. The Zoom link will be circulated with registered participants before the event. 


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