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The impact of artificial intelligence : a comparison of expectations

Jong, Anouk de (2021) The impact of artificial intelligence : a comparison of expectations.

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Abstract:The development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) has an increasing impact on society. News media play an important role in informing publics about new developments in AI and what impact these developments might have. The aim of this research was to study what insight the case of AI gives on the role of communication and philosophy in increasing understanding of the science-society relationship. To address this problem, first a literature analysis was conducted to draw out the main concepts discussed in philosophical literature about AI. Following this, interviews with experts in the field of AI, a media analysis of newspaper articles about AI and focus groups with laypeople were conducted. The results of these studies showed that the main concepts from philosophical literature reoccurred in the expert and public debates as well, but there are some misalignments in how these concepts are discussed. The results also showed there is much overlap in discussions about AI in news media and in the focus groups, pointing towards the reliance of laypeople on news media to receive information about AI. This provides new insights about the science-society relationship that can be used to increase understanding of how to deal with emerging technologies.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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