The University College London Legal and Political Theory Master’s students organised an insightful discussion on the future of Artificial Intelligence within social and democratic justice. The students hosted a conversation between Dr Mathias Risse (Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights at Harvard Kennedy School) and Dr Ted Lechterman (Institute for Ethics in AI, University of Oxford) which addressed contemporary questions from the general role of technology in politics to the intricate appeal of democracy bots.
Mathias Risse is Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. His work primarily addresses questions of global justice ranging from human rights, inequality, taxation, trade and immigration to climate change, obligations to future generations and the future of technology, especially also the impact of artificial intelligence on a range of normative issues. He has also worked on questions in ethics, decision theory and 19th century German philosophy, especially Nietzsche.
Ted Lechterman is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Ethics in AI since 2020. He was educated at Harvard (AB) and Princeton (MA, PhD) and has held previous research fellowships at Stanford University, Goethe University, and the Hertie School.
Watch the recording here