Already, some prominent technologists including Tim O’Reilly are arguing that we should replace current models of public services, not just in infrastructure but in human services such as social care and education, with “algorithmic regulation”. Algorithmic regulation proposes that the role of human decision-makers and policy-makers should be replaced by automated systems that compare the outcomes of public services to desired objectives through the measurement of data, and make automatic adjustments to address any discrepancies.
Not only does that approach cede far too much control over people’s lives to technology; it fundamentally misunderstands what technology is capable of doing. For both ethical and scientific reasons, in human domains technology should support us taking decisions about our lives, it should not take them for us.
Phi Beta Iota: Algorithmic regulation is one of the stupidest ideas to come out of the so-called avant guarde of the digital era, along with the inflated fears of artificial intelligence. There is a need for oversight of computational mathematics for the same reason that banks should not be private and automated trading should not be allowed — both are manipulative and exploitative.
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