Humans Versus Computers, Systems, and Machines: A Battle for Freedom, Equality, and Democracy

Humans Versus Computers, Systems, and Machines: A Battle for Freedom, Equality, and Democracy

Alan Radley (University College London, UK)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 49
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2616-2.ch005
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Abstract

The present chapter introduces a new existential philosophy of how computers, systems and machines operate within society, and in terms of the provision, furtherance and/or obstruction of human rights/freedoms and open life-potential(s). We explore the relationship(s) between the design of artificial systems and the existence/form/implementation of democracy; and from the key perspective(s) of individual and collective freedom-of-thought/action. A basic premise is that humans are increasingly disadvantaged as a result of, or slaves to: unfettered automation, objectivity, abstraction and fragmentary thinking; as promulgated/aided by computers/systems/machines. We explain how related processes create conflict/opposition/barriers to/with natural and harmonious socialization activities/processes; and hence strongly influence our collective destiny.

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