"Decision-Making Power": Decision-making authority defines which entity makes the ultimate choice among decision alternatives. In this context, the relevant entities are humans and intelligent machines. The extreme cases are that the decision-making power lies solely with the human or only with the machine. However, it is also possible that it settles somewhere in between those extremes. Where exactly on the scale the decision-making power is located, depends on legal regulations and the technical capability of the intelligent machine to make com- plex decisions. If machines possess this technical capability, it opens up the opportunity to center the decision-making authority around the machine. However, depending on the legal boundaries, the judicial decision rights will be deter- mined and the center of decision-making authority may shift severely. Legal boundaries in turn, are heavily influenced by moral considerations, accountability reflections, and data pri- vacy deliberations
"Privat and Professional Life": The convergence of private and professional life refers to the extent to which both worlds merge with each other. Private and professional identities will either substantially shape each other or be entirely independent. These developments will inevitably affect the way people work in the future. As the importance of work for individuals’ self-perception is chang- ing, so will people’s relationship to their workplace. While for some work has always been connected to self-fulfillment, for others it has rather been means to an end. These opposing views influence the discussions concerning the convergence of work and private life. For employers, the development poses questions on the flexibility of working hours and as- sociated expectations on the employees’ time commitment or physical presence. At the same time, law-makers will con- sider factors like cyber security, economic viability, societal well-being, and especially work regulations to provide a framework for work-life convergence.
A future where machines have a huge influence on our lives, automating decisions and suggesting possible actions. Traditional nine-to-five jobs no longer exist and leisure activities are completely intertwined with professional life.
“New Age of Reason”
A world that reincarnates Kant’s “dare to think for yourself”, describing that humans are the center of decision making as most physical work has been automated. Since the digital companion assists humans in their merged private and professional life, the impact of decisions requires a versatile sense of reasoning.
“The Golden Thirties”
A scenario in which private and professional life are completely separated. Since AI is highly capable but inexplicable, human work is centered around decision-making. At the same time, automation has allowed humans to increasingly focus on leisure activities, leading to an improved quality of life.
A future where machines have the capability to autonomously take explainable decisions and dominate actions in multiple human spheres. Individuals totally separate their private and professional lives in terms of time, space, mindset, and social relationships.
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