Ethics in AI Research Seminar: Respect: a normative ethical framework for interactive systems (i.e., how computers should treat people)

Max van Kleek
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13:00 - 14:00
Institute for Ethics in AI
Faculty of Philosophy,
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
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Hybrid format, allowing up to 20 people to attend in person and everyone else online

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Lectures and seminars
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Disabled access?
Booking required

Abstract: Visions of future technology from the early 19th century imagined many ways in which it would improve our lives: bringing more time for leisure, restoring calm, make better decisions, and to live better, more economically, and more fulfilling lives. Instead, people today are being tricked, cajoled, surveilled, harassed, and even blackmailed by apps and interactive systems on a daily basis, often in ways that do not serve their best interests. What happened? While researchers have decried the rise of so-called "dark patterns", we believe there is a far broader and more problematic lack of consideration of how systems are treating people, which is becoming even more of a problem as systems become more capable (e.g. mixed initiative, and social), as well as pervasive. In this talk, we attempt a simple idea: to apply the philosophy of respect to the design of systems, demonstrating that respect is an incredibly versatile and useful construct for thinking about many different ways individuals should, and indeed deserve, to be treated.