Human oversight is advocated in AI policy as a solution to the problems of algorithmic decision making (ADM) for automating decision making. Human oversight promises control over algorithms that can be translated into procedural safeguards in ADM design. Yet I argue that human oversight builds on a false assumption of separability of human and machine action, which leads to misconceptions about its potential and limitations in producing control. A more suitable framing can be found in hybridisation of decision making in complex socio-technical systems, where human work is mediated through ADM systems. Focus on hybridization opens up questions on meaningful human-computer partnerships and interface design. Human oversight reflects broader societal fears about automation. Ultimately, human control reveals a connection between human agency, legitimacy of decision making and social expectations of fairness that enables new critical analysis of law’s anthropocentricity.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICON·S Executive Committee has decided to postpone our 2020 Conference to 2021. Our next Annual Conference will take place from July 8-10, 2021, in Wrocław, Poland.
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