What's Wrong with Automated Influence

Claire Benn*, Seth Lazar

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    Automated Influence is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to collect, integrate, and analyse people's data in order to deliver targeted interventions that shape their behaviour. We consider three central objections against Automated Influence, focusing on privacy, exploitation, and manipulation, showing in each case how a structural version of that objection has more purchase than its interactional counterpart. By rejecting the interactional focus of AI Ethics in favour of a more structural, political philosophy of AI, we show that the real problem with Automated Influence is the crisis of legitimacy that it precipitates.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)125-148
    Number of pages24
    JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2022


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