Talks in Oxford, March 2023

Thursday 9 March, 18:30 – 20:00 (UK time), “Is AI bad for democracy? Analyzing AI’s impact on epistemic agency” for St. Cross Special Ethics Seminar.

Venue: The seminar will be held in the St Cross Room, St Cross College (61 St Giles’, Oxford).

Abstract: 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.

Apparently it’s fully booked (with a long wait list) for in-person attendance, but the Zoom webinar link is

Thursday 16 March, 15:00 – 16:30 (UK time), talk for Data Ethics module at Oxford

Tuesday 21 March, 17:00 – 18:15 (UK time), talk on AI & democracy at Royal Institute of Philosophy (Oxford)