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Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy


We live in the digital century. Digital computing with electronic devices has only been available for a few decades, but during that time waves of technological innovation have profoundly affected human possibilities. Much progress in the domain of digital computing is now driven by machine learning, a set of methods that analyze the myriads of available data (“big data”) for trends and inferences. Unlike conventional programs, machine-learning algorithms draw on available data sources to learn by themselves. Owing to their sophistication and sweeping applications, these techniques are poised to alter our world radically. Typically, they are what efforts at creating artificial intelligence (AI) amount to nowadays.


Risse, Mathias. "Introduction to the Symposium on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence." Moral Philosophy and Politics 9.2 (October 2022): 173–179.