AI Expectation and Reality: Transforming the Human Experience and Mind

The overall research agenda includes the hypothesis that the digital age is transforming the human experience in a way that is fundamentally different from previous eras. It challenges and has a significant impact on fundamental pillars of society such as human rights, the rule of law and democracy. It also affects every individual’s experience, including those who are not direct users of digital tools. The application of AI in the public and private spheres is one of those challenges that can be decisive. The consequences of algorithmization can be very profound and include changes in the way individuals make decisions and think as such.
The main goal of this study is to trace the explicit and hidden consequences of algorithmization, comparing the expectations and reality of the deployment of AI in public and private spheres, and show on this basis how experience and mind are transformed. The study of implications for the public sphere will be based on the three pillars mentioned above, namely human rights, the rule of law and democracy. That can be explored from the perspective of legal theory, analyzing how fundamental pillars can be undermined by increasing algorithmization. The study of the consequences for the private sphere will be based on measuring the expectations of individuals from AI and the real everyday practices of their use. That can be explored from the perspective of philosophy, predominantly phenomenology, by studying the changed human experience. The research will examine the interplay between algorithmization and the human mind with particular reference to the dimensions of ethics and law. The legal aspect in understanding the theory of law is not limited to regulation and legal practice, but includes a doctrinal review of how the foundations of law can be affected.

Affiliated with WASP-HS

This project is affiliated with WASP-HS and generously funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation.

Principal Investigator(s)

Yulia Razmetaeva
Uppsala University

29 March 2023 until 1 May 2023