Natural Science/Environment

Artificial Intelligence, Technology, and the Future of Liberty


Conferees considered how artificial intelligence may affect liberty in a wide variety of areas ranging from the economic to the social to the legal, asking the questions: Need people who cherish liberty worry about artificial intelligence? Are there hopeful signs that artificial intelligence will help sustain a less interventionist political, economic, and social culture? How should one balance the risk for more coercion against the chance for more opportunities when assessing artificial intelligence?


Conference Readings

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Bostrom, Nick and Eliezer Yudkowsky, “The ethics of artificial intelligence” In The Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, edited by Keith Frankish and William M. Ramsay, 316-334. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

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