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Moral understanding, justice, and the AI-driven workplace

Kate Vredenburgh (LSE)


Asymmetric power and authority pervades the workplace, raising concerns about threats to worker freedom and equality. AI offers a new suite of tools for exercises of managerial power, unprecedented in their speed and scale. Insofar as AI increases the power of managers, theories like republicanism and relational egalitarianism are well-placed to diagnose these concerns. But, not all AI-driven changes to the workplace intensify managerial power. In this talk, I will argue that accounts of subjective freedom better explains these additional concerns about the AI-driven workplace, especially concerns about opacity. And, I will argue that there are reasons of justice to ensure that all workers have the opportunity to be subjectively free in the workplace.

The Institute of Philosophy hosts a regular workshop series entitled ‘The Practical, the Political, and the Ethical’.
The series was created in 2015 by Véronique Munoz-Dardé (UCL) and Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck) in order to discuss work in progress from visiting speakers.
This year the series is convened by Elise Woodard (KCL) and Michael Hannon (Nottingham). Talks are normally 45 minutes (no pre-circulation of the paper), followed by discussion. All are welcome.