Royal Institute of Philosophy (Oxford) Lecture: The politics of AI: How AI risks to undermine democracy
Speaker: Mark Coeckelbergh
The 5th Royal Institute of Philosophy (Oxford Brookes) lecture this year is on 21 March and Mark Coeckelbergh will be discussing The politics of AI: How AI risks to undermine democracy. It's to be held in the Clerici Learning Studio CLC1.12, 5.30 - 6.45 on the Oxford Brookes Headington campus. To reserve a place and for details of the event click here.
The political impact of AI is a timely concern, not in the least because of cases such as Cambridge Analytica and language models that lead to worldwide political discussion. Focusing on AI and democracy, this talk connects the dots and gives an overview of the problems guided by some concepts from political philosophy and epistemology. It is argued that AI risks to undermine some of our most fundamental democratic principles and values and creates problems for the knowledge base needed for democracy.
Mark Coeckelbergh is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna and ERA Chair at the Institute of Philosophy in Prague, where he sets up a new centre for environmental and technology ethics. He was member of the High-Level Expert Group on AI of the European Commission and is the author of numerous books including Growing Moral Relations, New Romantic Cyborgs, Introduction to Philosophy of Technology, AI Ethics, Robot Ethics, Self-Improvement, and The Political Philosophy of AI.
Ethox Seminar: 1:00 – 12:30
Title: The moral value of diversity. An intersectional ethical analysis of diversity and discrimination in medicine and health care
Speaker: Dr Merle Weßel, Postdoctoral researcher, Ethics in Medicine, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and Caroline Miles Visiting Scholar, Ethox Centre
Abstract: People with diverse identities often face injustice and discrimination due to their marginalised political and social status, which can negatively impact their physical and mental health. The poor health of marginalised people frequently cumulates over their lifetime based on an unhealthy living environment, lack of access to good nutrition and clean water, physical labour, and unequal access to health care. Further, in health care and medicine, they can experience unequal access and treatment and injustice in the context of diagnosis and health outcomes. Their experience of discrimination is based on multiple structural factors and is not adequately addressed in current debates on justice in medicine and health care.
The Black feminist theory of intersectionality is a tool to analyse and understand multidimensional structural discrimination based on unequal power structures that are not visible in one-dimensional approaches to discrimination, such as sexism, racism, or classism. Medical ethics has only recently discovered intersectionality as useful approach.
In this talk, I propose intersectionality as a helpful tool to address the injustice and discrimination of people with diverse identities in medicine and health care. I analyse notions of social justice and responsibility by Iris Marion Young, approaches to feminist justice in health care by Susan Sherwin as well as intersectionality how a diversity-sensitive approach to just medicine and health care should look like to address diverse needs and prevent discrimination. With the help of the example of the injustice older diverse people experience in the context of addressing their care needs, I demonstrate the relevance of old age in context of medical ethics and intersectionality. In this way I contribute to discourse on good ageing as well as intersectionality from an ethical point of view.
This will be a hybrid seminar in the Richard Doll Building, Rosemary Rue Meeting Room. If you will join online, please register here.