Tech and Politics

Andreas Jungherr

Artificial intelligence and self-rule (once more)

2024-01-22 25 min Season 2 Episode 11

Description & Show Notes

At the individual level, AI impacts the conditions of democratic self-rule and people’s opportunities to exercise it.

One tenet of democracy is that governments should be chosen by those they will serve. Such self-rule is a normative idea about legitimizing the temporal power of rulers over the ruled and a practical idea that distributed decision making is superior to other more centralized forms of decision making or rule by experts. AI impacts both the ability of people to achieve self-rule and the perceived superiority of distributed decision making over expert rule in complex social systems, highlighting potential limits to self-rule in several ways.