[Lumi#7] Laura Crompton: Who's (-or what's) to decide? - What AI influence means for human decisions
03 March 2022
Room B1.12, Sector B, first floor, Campus Est, USI-SUPSI, Lugano-Viganello
AI is growing to play an increasingly important role in the decision environments of human agents. One of the key challenges here is AI influence - an aspect that seems largely unaddressed in current debates around AI Ethics. In this talk, I aim to shed some light on the notion of AI influence and the problems that surround it. In the first part of this talk, I will outline what exactly I mean by AI influence. For this, I will introduce what I call the objectivity-fallacy, and will differentiate between cases of intended and unintended AI influence. The second part of this talk will then focus on the ethical implications of unintended AI influence. I hope to emphasise an important change in the power dynamics in human-AI interaction, and will outline how unintended AI influence changes the roles and thereto related responsibilities in human-AI interaction.

The speaker

 Laura Crompton started her PhD at the University of Vienna in March 2019. She is currently working within the framework of the FWF funded project FoNTI (Forms of Normativity - Transitions and Intersections). Her work centres around the ontology and ethics of AI influence in human-AI interaction. Laura’s interest in Philosophy of Technology and Robot Ethics started very early in her bachelor’s degree, when she started working on the EU project RoboLaw in 2013 as a research assistant. Ever since, she has shown a growing interest in the dynamics of human agents interacting with technology. She has already held talks on Robot Ethics and Phronesis, Ethics of Human Enhancement, Autonomous Driving, and Ethics of AI. Within her PhD, Laura has now set her focus on human-AI interaction.