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Law, Human Agency and Autonomic Computing: The Philosophy of Law Meets the Philosophy of Technology

Edited by: Mireille Hildebrandt, Antoinette Rouvroy

ISBN13: 9780415593236
Published: April 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Autonomic Computing and Transformation of Human Agency interrogates the legal implications of the notion and experience of human agency implied by the emerging paradigm of autonomic computing, and the socio-technocal infrastructures it supports. The development of autonomic computing and ambient intelligence - self-governing systems - challenge traditional philosophical conceptions of human self-constitution and agency, with significant consequences for the theory and practice of constitutional self-government. Ideas of identity, subjectivity, agency, personhood, intentionality, and embodiment are all central to the functioning of modern legal systems. But once artificial entities become more autonomic, and less dependent on deliberate human intervention, criteria like agency, intentionality and self-determination, become too fragile to serve as defining criteria for human subjectivity, personality or identity, and for characterizing the processes through which individual citizens become moral and legal subjects. Are autonomic – yet artificial – systems shrinking the distance between (acting) subjects and (acted upon) objects? How ‘distinctively human’ will agency be in a world of autonomic computing? Or, alternatively, does autonomic computing merely disclose that we were never, in this sense, ‘human’ anyway? A dialogue between philosophers of technology and philosophers of law, this book addresses these questions, as it takes up the unprecedented opportunity that autonomic computing and ambient intelligence offer for a reassessment of the most basic concepts of law.

1. The Virtual Dimension of Human Agency. What Else is New?, Mireille Hildebrandt and Antoinette Rouvroy
2. Smart? Amsterdam Urinals and Autonomic Computing, Don Ihde
3. Rethinking Human Identity into the Age of Autonomic Computing: The Philosophical Status of the Trace and the Question of Embodiment, Massimo Durante
4. Remote control: Human autonomy in the age of computer-mediated agency, Jos de Mul & Bibi van den Berg
5. Autonomy, Delegation, and Responsibility: A Question of Survival, Roger Brownsword
6. Autonomic and autonomous ‘thinking’ as preconditions for criminal accountability, Mireille Hildebrandt
7. Technology and Accountability: Remarks on Autonomic Computing and Human Agency, Jannis Kallinikos
8. Autonomic computing, genomic data and human personhood: the case for embodiment, Hyo Yoon Kang
9. Towards a comparative theory of agents, Rafael Capurro
10. Of Machines and Men: the Road to Identity. Scenes for a Discussion, Stefano Rodota
11. The BPI nexus, Paul Mathias
12. Governmentality in an age of autonomic computing: technology, virtuality and utopia, Antoinette Rouvroy
13. Subject to Technology, Peter-Paul Verbeek