A particularly intriguing observation made by Chung is that people tend to project “agency” onto machines . She finds interest in our “capacity to anthropomorphize our relationship to machines” and points out how these relationships can become “a mirror for how we view ourselves” . We may tend to overlook our interactions with other humans, but when dealing with robotics and AI we have the propensity to become more aware of others and ourselves.
Artificial Intelligence amplifies existing conditions, highlighting the need for shifts in how we think about difference, taxonomy, agency, labor, and excess. Let us examine a few areas of ethical concern in our present and future, ranging from the implications of biased data, to energy consumption and the centralization of wealth and power.