Automous Technology - Sources of Confusion: A Model for Explanation and Prediction of Conceptual Shifts
2014 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 57, no 3, 455-470 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Today, autonomous is often used for technology with a more intelligent self-management capability than common automation. This concept usage is maladaptive, ignoring both the distinction between autonomy and heteronomy according to Kant’s categorical imperative and that the meaning of autonomy implies qualities technology cannot have. Being autonomous is about having the right to be wrong, a right justified by accountability and insightful understanding of real-life values, and it is about being externally uncontrollable. The contemporary use of autonomy as well as similar concepts is discussed and a model is presented showing how six sources of confusion interact in a vicious circle that impede human authority and autonomy. Our goal is to sort out these confusions and contribute to a development in which the different roles of machines and people, and human responsibilities, are explicated rather than blurred, which should facilitate the forming of truly beneficial and complementary systems.
Practitioner Summary: The maladaptive use of autonomous and similar human concepts for technological systems is discussed in relation to the current situation for human – systems interaction. A model is presented combining six sources of confusion into a vicious circle that predict two problems that lead to reduced human authority.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 57, no 3, 455-470 p.
Autonomous, Automation, Human-Machine Interaction, Ethics, Risk Analysis
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject Human-Computer Interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212648DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2013.858777ISI: 000333877900013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-212648DiVA: diva2:678742