Nolen Gertz

The Dangers of Data-Driven Activity

Artificial intelligence presents exciting opportunities to help individuals to improve decision-making, companies to improve productivity, and governments to improve public policies. AI also presents dangerous opportunities to make decisions for individuals, to lead companies to replace humans with machines, and to provide governments with unimaginable surveillance power. However focusing only on the benefits and risks of AI treats AI as a mere tool. This perspective reveals the true danger of AI: how we talk about AI. What must be realized is that AI reshapes how we see the world, including how we understand what “benefits” and “risks” even mean.

Nolen Gertz is Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente, and the Coordinator of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology’s Task Force on Risk, Safety, and Security. He is the author of The Philosophy of War and Exile (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and of Nihilism and Technology (Rowman & Littlefield International 2018). His work has appeared in the ABC Australia website, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. His next book, Nihilism, will be published by MIT Press in 2019.

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