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Human Autonomy in the Age of AI


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It is hard to overstate the important role that autonomy plays for our moral and political institutions.

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Progress in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) opens up new opportunities to support and foster autonomy, but it simultaneously poses significant risks. Recent incidents of AI-facilitated deception, manipulation, or coercion suggest that AI technologies could seriously interfere with human autonomy on a large scale.

To systematically address risks to autonomy, we need to confront the complexity of the concept itself and adapt governance solutions accordingly.

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