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Artificial intelligence (that is to say, an algorithm that completes some kind of ‘intelligent decision-making task’) appears to be at the same preliminary stage that religions once were; where it is a distributed, unorganised and unregulated collection of useful practices that aid human life in some way.
Max’s research analyses the pattern in which religious systems of control emerged and evolved, along with their features and functions, and compares them to those of artificially intelligent systems. The aim of this comparison is to explore whether artificially intelligent systems have the potential to become highly organised system of control and power, perhaps with even more influence than religions. This comparison prompts questions as to how these ‘systems of control’ may affect humanexperience, as decision-making is outsourced and behaviour becomes automated through an increasing reliance upon artificially intelligent systems.
All welcome. Organised by Shawn Day, Department of Digital Humanities