Missing Circles: A Dignitarian Approach to Doughnut Economics Through AI Applications

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    This contribution aims at providing a more concrete and accurate understanding of Doughnut economics, its model, and its ideas. In doing so, it provides a comprehensive description of the Doughnut and its connection with the Sustainable Development Goals. Then, it inquires into the philosophical background of Doughnut economics, elucidating its existential rationale that relies on human dignity. Further, examples of four AI applications are used to showcase how the Doughnut model would address their use and challenges that arise thereof. From this testing exercise transpires the understanding that another limitation is required in the Doughnut model, pursuant to its philosophical background. Therefore, besides economic activities that may breach the ecological ceiling or the social foundation, activities that infringe human dignity, without breaching any of the boundaries, are also incompatible with the Doughnut model. This complementing proposal is conceptually represented within the model of Doughnut economics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Ethics of Artificial Intelligence for the Sustainable Development Goals
    EditorsFrancesca Mazzi, Luciano Floridi
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-21147-8
    Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2023

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    SeriesPhilosophical Studies Series

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    © The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023


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