Exploring scaling dignity— reflections from EPIC Conference 2020

Humanizing Scale session at EPIC Conference 2020
  1. Inviolable, universal dignity — something everyone has that cannot be eroded, is fundamental to the human existence. Enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Article 1 for examples “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”
  2. Other forms of dignity also referred to as ‘aspirational dignity’ (Schroeder, 2006)- there are many academics who have taken on trying to define types of dignity that can be affected by others’ behaviours and actions. For example Schroeder (2006), Nordenflet (2004), Bostrom (2008). Bostrom (2008), for example defines two forms of dignity in addition to inviolable dignity:
  • Dignity as a quality — associated with notions of self-worth and self-respect
  • Dignity as a social status — associated with your position in society e.g. as an elder or a doctor or parliamentarian (relative to context)
  • An technological system that appears to have dignity at the centre and seeks to address a need in a population that may often be ‘forgotten’. This could be a ‘success story’ or also be an example that has ‘failed’ OR
  • A particular example of a technological system that seeks to address a need in a population that may often be ‘forgotten’’, which despite its best intentions / its promising start, had consequences ultimately at odds with human dignity.



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Lorenn Ruster

Lorenn Ruster

Exploring #dignity centred #design #tech #AI #leadership | PhD Candidate ANU School of Cybernetics | Acumen Fellow | PIC, SingularityU, CEMS MIM alum|Views =own