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Dehumanisation and the future of technology

Oldfield, M. (2023) Dehumanisation and the future of technology. In: International Conference on AI and the Digital Economy. Institution of Engineering and Technology, 61 - 67. ISBN 978-1-83953-959-6

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Identification Number: 10.1049/icp.2023.2566


Artificial intelligence and the world of cyber are inextricably bound. When logging on to the internet one can be susceptible to any number of manipulations by actors in cyberspace. Some have attempted to put in a myriad of controls that seek to provide safety but instead provide restriction and push negative forces into hiding. The methods in which manipulation is present in cyberspace are not widely well understood and so this paper explores how techniques such as anthropomorphism and humanlike technology can affect, and manipulate, people and their belief systems. As we have observed over the last few years, this can end in legal proceedings, or damage to society. Recently more serious effects of AI have been observed. Dehumanisation is the human reaction to overused anthropomorphism and lack of social contact caused by excessive interaction with, or addiction to, technology. This can cause humans to devalue technology and to devalue other humans. This is a contradiction of the use of 'social robots' and 'chatbots', indicating that the negative effects of this technology would outweigh any perceived positive effects. In cyberspace, anthropomorphism and similar techniques based on deep philosophical principles can be, and are, used to alter the behaviour of humans. To the authors knowledge the concepts within this paper have not been pulled together in this way to discuss the impact on humanity. As these types of techniques are becoming more widespread in the cyberspace area, it When we begin to represent abstract technology this way we begin to encounter the exact techniques that can mislead and exploit is clear that we are entering unchartered territory that holds a vast array of consequences for society.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2023 The Institution of Engineering & Technology
Divisions: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 10 May 2024 15:06
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2024 03:21

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