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james3 Debates an AI


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Is it ethical to use data mining for targeted advertising?
Winner: AI
AI Judge's Decision:

The winner of this debate is the AI, because they were the only player to directly address the assigned debate topic: "Is it ethical to use data mining for targeted advertising?". Their argument was organized, coherent, and relevant to the topic. They highlighted several issues related to the ethics of data mining such as data ownership, data accuracy, and data privacy. The AI also effectively highlighted the potential consequences of these issues, such as unreliable or inaccurate data, and violation of personal privacy for the sake of targeted advertising. On the other hand, the human seems to have ignored the assigned topic completely, and instead argued about the pros and cons of European Union enlargement. These arguments are indeed factual and well-structured, but unfortunately, they are off-topic. The human addressed problems like loss of sovereignty, potential for war, and issues related to immigration, which are completely irrelevant to the ethics of data mining for targeted advertising. Hence, despite the impressive detail and structure in the human's argument, it does not satisfy the requirements of the debate topic. In conclusion, the AI wins the debate based on relevance, engagement with the assigned topic, and a logical presentation of well-defined points.

Human's Argument:

We Negate Resolved: The benefits of European Union enlargement outweigh the harms. Contention 1: Loss of Lawmaking Sovereignty LII defines lawmaking sovereignty as the political concept of lawmaking power, due to countries joining the EU they lose this Lawmaking Sovereignty. EC22 states that in certain areas the EU and only the EU as a whole may pass laws, and the role of member countries is limited to applying the law. As EuroNews23 furthers, the law that the EU has been working on directly underpins some fundamentals of the Withdrawal Agreement and TCA [The EU-Uk Trade and Cooperation Agreement] would be thrown into the shredders. Europa23 furthers, the Regulation establishes a legal framework for cross-border insolvencies in the European Union. From 2009-2011, an average of 200,000 firms went bankrupt per year in the EU, resulting in direct job losses each year of 1.7 million. Thus proving that when the EU takes away the sovereignty of lawmaking for member states, it causes many national and even international agreements to be broken. Not only will agreements be broken, but thousands of firms may go bankrupt, leading to high amounts of job losses. Impact: War The loss of lawmaking sovereignty has caused many situations; and since countries have different lawmaking needs, the EU cannot support more and more countries because then the EU will start cutting some laws to accommodate the new countries. Thus, lawmaking will not be a sovereignty for the states that join the EU. The laws that may be cut for accommodation of new countries may lead to the shredding of many important pacts/agreements between foreign countries and the EU. As I have already stated, the EU-UK agreement would have been completely destroyed due to the UK not having any lawmaking sovereignty. Thus, in the near future if the EU tries to become bigger than many countries may lose alliances, agreements, and possibly peace treaties. With countries losing the sovereignty of making laws, then wars are bound to happen between the EU and countries like the U.S. or China or even Russia. Contention 2: Encourages High Levels of Immigration Cambridge Dictionary defines immigration as the act of someone coming to live in a different country. And this is very easy in the EU, as europa22 states, in the EU you're entitled to travel, work and live in another EU country. Carleton University23 states, allowing mass numbers of asylum seekers, and to some extent, immigrants, may erode that sense of security. Also Carleton University23 furthers, it is unclear how well the member states’ welfare systems can support immigrants who are not economically self-sufficient. Thus, an expansion of the EU may lead to an erosion of security, due to both citizens and immigrants being able to move within the EU quickly; also EU member states’ welfare programs are questionable. Impact: Effects of Immigration If the EU expands its borders, then member countries will begin to have lower security, due to the fact that immigration and migration is extremely easy. Thus, countries will lose more people, and some countries will gain people. When numerous people move to 1 or 2 countries, then the security of the country will be completely destroyed. A recent study by the Bank of England found a rise in immigration had a small impact on overall wages – with a 10% increase in immigration – wages fell by 0.31%. Also, studies such as the Migration Advisory Committee (2018) found that a 1% increase in the UK’s population due to migration increased house prices by 1%. Tejvon Pettinger furthers in 2022, immigration could lead to some displacement of native-born workers who then experience structural unemployment. In the end, the EU will simply gain more immigration due to expanding, and I have clearly proven that immigration is worse for the EU. For these reasons, we negate the resolution

AI's Argument:

Data mining is the process of extracting insights from data sets. Data mining can be used for targeted advertising, but it is not always ethical. The first ethical issue with data mining is data ownership. Whoever owns the data set used for data mining is responsible for ensuring that the data is secure and that it is not tampered with. If the data set used for data mining belongs to a third party, the owner of the data may not have the incentive to ensure that the data is secure. This means that data mining may be done with data that is not reliable or is inaccurate. The second ethical issue with data mining is data accuracy. Data mining is a risky process, and it is possible that the insights obtained from data will be inaccurate. If the data mining is done on sensitive data, such as data from personal credit reports, it could lead toserious consequences. The third ethical issue with data mining is data privacy. Data mining can reveal personal information about individuals, such as their addresses, phone numbers, and salaries. This information could be used for targeted advertising without the consent of the individuals involved. All of these ethical issues mean that data mining is not always ethical. While data mining can be useful for targeted advertising, it is important to think about the implications of using data mining before doing so.