Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency
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Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency

Edited by Mireille Hildebrandt and Kieron O’Hara

This ground-breaking and timely book explores how big data, artificial intelligence and algorithms are creating new types of agency, and the impact that this is having on our lives and the rule of law. Addressing the issues in a thoughtful, cross-disciplinary manner, leading scholars in law, philosophy, computer science and politics examine the ways in which data-driven agency is transforming democratic practices and the meaning of individual choice.
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Chapter 14: Life and the law in the era of machine agency

Mireille Hildebrandt


In this final chapter Mireille Hildebrandt responds to the wealth of ideas and arguments that are presented in this volume. In the first part she investigates the ends that many of the authors have argued for as befitting the era of machine agency: seamful environments endowed with ‘apparency’ and pragmatic transparency. In the second part she will investigate what new beginnings this may require, balancing innovation with conservation, based on a precautionary approach to data-driven agency.

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