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Introduction

HEGEMONACO is dedicated to deepening the understanding of the ethical and political challenges in governing AI and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) within democratic societies. The content stream examines the ethical, political, and social implications of AI, from algorithmic bias to its broader impact, with the aim of developing governance frameworks for AI and AGI that uphold human rights, democracy, and the public good in the US and globally.

This writing and research are based on the premise that the instrumental reason for AI technology is not just a neutral, objective mode of thinking but an ideology that mirrors and bolsters specific cultural values, power dynamics, and economic interests. This perspective contrasts with other value-based rationalities that prioritize inherently human-centric ethical principles and the goals of human flourishing.

To consider the greatest human good from AI and AGI in terms of value rationality, we must focus on ethical considerations and the promotion of human well-being as an end in itself. This involves prioritizing justice, equity, and human dignity over mere efficiency or utility and ensuring that AI technologies are developed and implemented in ways that genuinely enhance the human condition and uphold democratic values.

By grounding AI governance in value rationality, we can strive to create a future where technological advancements contribute to the collective good and support the flourishing of all individuals in society, emphasizing long-term well-being through what positive psychology defines as a meaningful and virtuous life. This means that we can strive to create a future where technological advancements contribute to the collective good and support the flourishing of all individuals in society.

There is a significant risk of subjugation that comes with a world run by instrumental reason and the subsequent AGI manipulation. Instrumental reason prioritizes efficiency and utility over ethical considerations, potentially leading to the exploitation and control of individuals to serve the interests of those in power.

AGI, when guided solely by pure instrumental rationality, could manipulate social, economic, and political systems, reinforcing existing power imbalances and undermining democratic values. This would result in a society where human autonomy and dignity are compromised, and technological control overrides moral and ethical imperatives, leading to a dystopian future where the majority are subjugated for the benefit of a few.

We have important choices to make as a society. As Neil Postman has suggested, we must balance technological advancements with preserving our cultural values, ensuring that technology serves human needs rather than dominating them.

About the Author

Dennis Stevens, Ed.D. is an innovative thought leader at the intersection of emergent technologies, ethics, and democratic governance. With over 20 years of transdisciplinary expertise spanning education, policy, communications, and advisory roles, he has spearheaded initiatives that provide critical insights and transformative outcomes.

Dennis, a prolific founder, established Penelope Mimetics LLC, where he guided synthetic biology research, development, and other projects. He is also the founder and managing director of Conway Cultural Development Corporation, a non-profit that fosters stakeholder engagement in creative placemaking. With a diverse background in the arts, sciences, writing, research, and media production, Dennis brings a cross-disciplinary approach to all his endeavors.

His experience includes leading transformative initiatives in community development, synthetic biology R&D, customer discovery, instruction and training, NSF's Innovation Corps (I-CORPS) entrepreneurship program, organizational change management, and thought leadership. He has previously leveraged technology to engage online communities in meaningful educational conversations in other knowledge domains.

Dennis holds a Doctorate in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a Master's in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Clemson University. Before academia, he served as a Gunner's Mate in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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