Talk by Dr Fatos Selita on impact of AI on our decisions

TAGC Head of Ethics, Dr Fatos Selita, contributed with the talk Artificial decisions? Exploring how much Al is in our decisions at the: 


International Conference: Artificial Intelligence Legal & scientific implications. Freedom of thought: Is it in Jeopardy?

By Guglielmo Marconi University, Rome. Thursday 15 February


Our decisions are a product of the Self, which is a product of co-action between our DNA and environments. The Self is continuously evolving. Among the environments that shape the Self are external influences, including education, mainstream media, social media and movies. Depending on such influences, the same person may think differently and make different decisions. Even our genes can express differently in different circumstances. AI has increased the power of external influences over us, because it enables extremely fast processing and amalgamation of different types of data (e.g. mobile phone, shopping, medical, travel, DNA).  As a result, it allows for a more nuanced personalising (based on our data) of the external input we receive.  For example, what we watch, what we eat, what we read, where we go, trends we follow, and ultimately what we think – are all influenced by AI. The tailoring of external influences makes them easier to penetrate – so that they feel like a product of our Self. We often do not know what we should know and are unable to assess quality and value of knowledge beyond what we already know. This presents an opportunity for service design – where others direct what we will want or care about. The AI-driven personalised service design is farther reaching and more impactful than ever before – making much of our Self and will a product of artificial rather than our own intelligence. This situation presents new risks that need to be addressed through multidisciplinary collaborations.

Organised by the Department of Legal and Political Sciences and the Department of Engineering Sciences of the Guglielmo Marconi University.

It highlighted how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing many aspects of our society and specifically how it is influencing the legal system and scientific applications.

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