Technology Overview: Citizenship and Politics

Technology Overviews

Robots and Citizenship

  • Normative tests for access to citizenship

    • Moral agency: sentience (capacity to feel pleasure, pain), self-interest
    • Consciousness: capacity to have and pursue a conception of the good
    • Interdependence: coercion, social membership
    • Political commitment: willingness to enter a political relationship – democratic self-government
  • Future of democratic citizenship

    • Citizen equality: humans, super-humans, machines
    • Democratic participation: deliberation v data mining and analytics
    • Is politics still feasible/ necessary? : aggregation of preferences v best/efficient decisions; government by algorithm, higher purpose.