BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds

Being able to easily and quickly identify yourself, for example using your fingerprint, face or eye is an increasingly common technology. It makes everyday life easier in many ways, but we are also faced with new issues of privacy and security.

The technology implemented when using our body to log in is called biometrics. This research project is intended to create more knowledge about how this technology is altering people’s lives and the human condition. The project is led by Amanda Lagerkvist at Uppsala University.

The research project will look at people’s experiences of a number of technologies, such as facial and voice recognition within police activities, health apps, biometric passports, smart home devices, and technology that recognizes hand movements on touchscreens, for example in mobile phones.

All of these are examples of biometric artificial intelligence, which is based on identifying a person by their body or behavior. This technology not only raises questions about privacy and security but also about the existential challenges and ethical issues that it poses. The project will highlight and build a body of knowledge about these challenges, but will also contribute to discussions on ethical and sustainable AI in collaboration with society and with AI engineers.

Principal Investigator(s)

Amanda Lagerkvist

Amanda Lagerkvist
Professor, Uppsala University

1 January 2020 until 31 December 2024
Principal investigator
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation