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Image based on artwork from MaxPixel (CC0 Public Domain) The sharing economy has seen much interest as an alternative to traditional models for ownership and consumption of products and services. From the perspective of HUMANE, the sharing economy is of particular interest as a phenomenon enabled by networking of humans and intelligent digital machines. Botsman defines sharing economy as an economic system based on sharing underused assets or services, for free or for… Read More

As machines take a more active role in human-machine networks (HMNs), they exert an increasing level of influence on other participants. Machines are not just passive participants in such networks, merely mediating communication between humans; technological advances allow greater autonomy and the performance of increasingly complex tasks. While most psychology and sociological models only attribute agency to human actors, more recent models have been proposed that attribute agency also to machines, such… Read More