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Yvonne Hofstetter
Das Ende der Demokratie. Wie die künstliche Intelligenz die Politik übernimmt und uns entmündigt

© C. Bertelsmann Verlag, München, 2016 Yvonne Hofstetter: Das Ende der Demokratie. Wie die künstliche Intelligenz die Politik übernimmt und uns entmündigt © C. Bertelsmann Verlag, Munich, 2016If one told the pioneers of Silicon Valley that their technology was inhuman, they would probably even agree. They would not regard that as a value judgement, however. In Silicon Valley, writes Yvonne Hofstetter in her book Das Ende der Demokratie (The End of Democracy) people are regarded as the ultimate machine, but in the medium term as a phase-out model: one thing among many others in an Internet of Everything.
While Silicon Valley here is used as a cipher to refer to a world-wide process, the metaphor has not been chosen at random. Hofstetter sees a specifically American way of thinking as nailing the lid on the coffin of democracy. In contrast to its European counterpart, the American constitution gives free trade priority over human dignity in the sense of a freedom which first and foremost means freedom from the state. Digital technology helps to give this view global dominance. It allows the IT monoliths to reprogram the state and society in line with their business model. Democratic rules and individual autonomy are subtly undermined. If something crucial does not change, Hofstetter concludes, we are heading straight for a dictatorship of the big American IT companies.

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© Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 15 October 2016

Yvonne Hofstetter
Das Ende der Demokratie. Wie die künstliche Intelligenz die Politik übernimmt und uns entmündigt
C. Bertelsmann Verlag, Munich, 2016
ISBN 978-3-570-10306-7
352 pages


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