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How might we, whoever we are, better live our digital lives together?

Collective Action in the Digital Society, Professor Jeremy Pitt, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London

A fundamental question of political philosophy is: how might we, whoever we are, better live our lives together? But, as the digital transformation towards the digital society gathers pace, the question might be very slightly rephrased: how might we, whoever we are, better live our digital lives together?

This talk will provide a computer scientist’s perspective, discussing some of the urgent problems that need to addressed (trust, privacy, commodification, metrication, ownership, etc.) and how these might be addressed by equipping computers with the power and intelligence to reason about conceptual resources, such as institutional norms, qualitative values (like justice and rights), social concepts (like trust), organisational knowledge,
and social capital.

The talk will conclude with firstly, a discussion bringing the various themes together in an over-arching computational theory of collective action, embedded in a platform for grassroots empowerment; a secondly, a consideration of the social and technological implications of this research programme, especially the need to take better collective care of both physical resources (like water and energy) and conceptual resources (like social capital and democratic governance).

The speaker acknowledges funding from the Marsden Fund Council from Government funding, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand (PI: Professor Stephen Cranefield, Information Science, University of Otago).

The lecture would advance the IRI by examining the potential impact and implications of intelligent, autonomous and self-organising systems from social, political, organisational and environmental perspectives.

Date Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Time 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Business
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentInformation Science
LocationRoom 1.17, Otago Business School, 60 Clyde Stree, Dunedin

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