From passive to active human agency in artificial intelligence mediation

Rosanna Fanni, Valerie Eveline Steinkogler, Giulia Zampedri, Jo Pierson

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Abstract

Recently, scholars across disciplines raised questions and concerns about the notion of human intervention [1], control, and oversight over AI systems [2]. This observation becomes particularly important in the age of ubiquitous computing and the increasing adoption of AI in everyday technological infrastructure. This paper proposes a conceptual interpretation and future research agenda for the concept of human agency in times of ubiquitous AI. Building on Nicholas Garnham’s theoretical framework in 2000 [3], this paper explains the concept of mediation through human agents, technological tools and systems of symbolic representation. As AI-enabled mediation becomes ever more prominent in different sectors, this paper reconsiders Garnham’s mediation framework and the role of human agents in 2020, twenty years ahead. This paper proposes distinguishing between passive and active human agency and calls for theoretical and empirical research on individual AI redress. Ultimately, this paper argues to empower active human agency in times of ubiquitous AI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good, GOODTECHS 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good
PublisherACM
Pages84-89
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375597
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
EventEAI GoodTechs 2020: 6th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good - Online, Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 14 Sep 202016 Sep 2020
https://goodtechs.eai-conferences.org/2020/

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

ConferenceEAI GoodTechs 2020
CountryBelgium
CityAntwerp
Period14/09/2016/09/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • human agency
  • Artificial intelligence
  • ubiquitous computing
  • redress

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