New St Cross Special Ethics Seminar - Is AI bad for democracy? Analyzing AI’s impact on epistemic agency
Professor Mark Coeckelbergh, University of Vienna and Oxford Uehiro Centre Academic Visitor
Thursday, 09 March 2023, 5.30pm to 7pm
This will be a hybrid seminar, held in the St Cross Room, St Cross College (61 St Giles’, Oxford). Registration required (see below) or on Zoom (see below).
The New St Cross Special Ethics Seminars are jointly organised by the Oxford Uehiro Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities
Cases such as Cambridge Analytica or the use of AI by the Chinese government suggest that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) creates some risks for democracy. This paper analyzes these risks by using the concept of epistemic agency and argues that the use of AI risks to influence the formation and the revision of beliefs in at least three ways: the direct, intended manipulation of beliefs, the type of knowledge offered, and the creation and maintenance of epistemic bubbles. It then suggests some implications for research and policy.