New Project to CRS: ”Artificial Intelligence, democracy and human dignity” led by Professor Anna-Sara Lind has been granted 6 milion sek over 5 years to study the development of AI and its impact on society.


Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation has granted SEK 96 million to be shared by 16 research projects studying the impact of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems on our society and our behaviour. The 16 projects seek to answer a number of questions relating to ethics, society and behaviour in the technology shift that society is facing. Examples of these questions include: How does the labour market change when robots take over certain jobs? What does the growing use of facial and voice recognition technology entail? How is human behaviour affected by the increasing use of drones? What happens in the retail sector when AI is increasingly controlling consumer choice? Is it possible for digital assistants to counteract ill-health due to stress? Who determines which ethical choices an AI should make?

Four of the projects are based at Uppsala university and one of these ”Artificial Intelligence, democracy and human dignity” where legal scholars, political scientists and philosophers will collaborate is based in the multidisciplinary environment of CRS.

As artificial intelligence is growing in scope and strength, it raises the issue of whether it could develop independence. This project will monitor this development and how it impacts on society.

One of the fundamental issues for the researchers to investigate is whether strong AI is even possible and, if so, how it would affect democracy, human dignity, human rights and other ethical questions.

In the historical paradigm shift entailed by today’s technological development, there is a risk of humans having less influence in the world, instead of more. This gives rise to a need for a deeper understanding of the values created and transferred as technology based on artificial intelligence becomes increasingly common. The research project is intended to create a clearer idea of which effects artificial intelligence may have in terms of rights, ethics, world views and social institutions at a global level.

Project members:
Fil.Dr. Johan Eddebo, Uppsala University
Fil.Dr. Jonas Hultin Rosenberg, Uppsala University
Fil.Dr. Lars Karlander, Uppsala University
Fil.Dr. Oliver Li, Uppsala University
Fil.Dr. Johan Wejryd, Uppsala University