Algorithmic Governance and Political Philosophy

Handouts for the 2023 Tanner Lectures in AI and Human Values by Seth Lazar

“We are entering an age when the power of regulation will be relocated to a structure whose properties and possibilities are fundamentally different. … one form of power may be destroyed, but another is taking its place. Our aim must be to understand this power and to ask whether it is properly exercised.”

Lessig, Code 2.0


“The ties which hold [people] together in action are numerous, tough and subtle. But they are invisible and intangible. We have the physical tools of communication as never before. The thoughts and aspirations congruous with them are not communicated, and hence are not common. Without such communication the public will remain shadowy and formless, seeking spasmodically for itself, but seizing and holding its shadow rather than its substance.”

Dewey, The Public and its Problems