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The Debate about Responsible Artificial Intelligence in the European Union: Utopian or Dystopian? : A qualitative content analysis of utopian and dystopian visions in the debate about ‘Responsible AI’ in the European Union between 2016 and 2018

Klug, P.A.H. (2018) The Debate about Responsible Artificial Intelligence in the European Union: Utopian or Dystopian? : A qualitative content analysis of utopian and dystopian visions in the debate about ‘Responsible AI’ in the European Union between 2016 and 2018.

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Abstract:The age of artificial intelligence (AI) has begun. Global political leaders have recognized the enormous potential of AI to benefit our society, but the technology also bears unforeseeable risks. With the goal of promoting beneficial effects of AI while aiming to prevent negative outcomes, a vivid debate amongst institutional actors of the European Union has started to unfold over recent years. Within this debate, the notion of a responsible AI emerged and has recently been declared the ‘guiding principle of all support for AI-related research’ by the European Commission (2018, p. 8). But how does the EU plan to make AI responsible and what is the role of utopian and dystopian visions in this process? This thesis conducts a qualitative content analysis in order to answer the following research question: "Which elements of utopian and dystopian visions are present in the debate about ‘Responsible AI’ in the European Union between 2016 and 2018?”. The answer adds a better understanding of the impact of utopian and dystopian visions on the debate about responsible AI in the EU. Moreover, the results show how leading powers in the EU contemplate responsible AI with the goal to preserve - and strive for - a particular set of utopian ideals.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75766
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