Humanness in the Artificial Age


What is it that makes human humane?

Humanness is key to future success in the age of artificial intelligence and automated control. 

The proposed research will draw from behavioral human decision making insights and evolutionary economics in order to outline what makes human humane and how human decision making is unique to set us apart from artificial intelligence rationality.  Behavioral economics will be portrayed to have raised doubts about humanness if considering the North American school’s obsession with collecting evidence about human decision making failures and biases.  Artificial intelligence will be argued to bevalue humanness and improve the value of human-imbued unique features.  The findings promise to hold novel insights for future success factors for human resource management but also invaluable contributions for artificial intelligence ethics and digital humanities.


Work in progress running time 2018-20

Contact: Julia M. Puaschunder

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‘Effective Altruism Global 2017,’ Palace of Fine Arts, Innovation Hangar, San Francisco

Financial and in-kind support of the Association for the Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College of The New School, Fritz Thyssen Foundation,  Georgia State University, Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education, Janeway Center Fellowship, The New School for Social Research New York (Dean’s List, Fee Board Scholarship, President’s Scholarship), Prize Fellowship of the Inter-University Consortium of New York, University of Vienna, and Vernon Art and Science is gratefully acknowledged.




Puaschunder, J. M. (under contract). Eyes wide shut: The role of Information for real competition. Information Technology Risk Management and Compliance in Modern Organizations, IGI Publishing.

Puaschunder, J. M. (under contract). Time≠Time≠Time. Handbook of Research on Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the Modern Marketplace.

Puaschunder, J. M. (2017). The nudging divide in the digital big data era. International Journal of Research in Business, Economics and Management, 4, 11-12, 49-53.

Puaschunder, J. M. (2017). Nudgital: Critique of a behavioral political economy. Archives of Business Research, 5, 9, 54-76.

Conference presentations:

Puaschunder, J. M. (2018). Towards a utility theory of privacy and information sharing and the introduction of hyper-hyperbolic discounting in the digital big data age.  9th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities organized by Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (RAIS) at The Erdman Center at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, April 4-5.

Puaschunder, J. M. (2018). ‘Nudging.’ Reformatting the world: An interdisciplinary conference on technology and the humanities. Vanier College, York University, Toronto, Canada, February 23.


Puaschunder, J. M. (2017). Nudgitize me! A behavioral finance approach to minimize losses and maximize profits from heuristics and biases. Academy of Behavioral Finance & Economics, 2017 Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, USA, October 18-20, 2017.

Puaschunder, J. M. (2017). Nudgital: Critique of Behavioral Political Economy. Behavioral Economics, The New School for Social Research, March 30.

Conference attendance:

Effective Altruism Global Annual Conference,’ Palace of Fine Arts Innovation Hangar, San Francisco, California, USA, August 11-13, 2017.

4th Annual Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk-Huebner Summer Risk Institute 2017,’ Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA,  July 25-26, 2017.

Disrupted: Speech and Democracy in the Digital Age,’ Italian Academy of Columbia University, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA, May 1, 2017.

Invited events:

Fictitious Capital: Is Finance Appropriating Our Future?,’ French General Consulate New York, New York, USA, June 27, 2017.

Community service:

Chair, Risk panel, 16th Finance, Risk and Accountability Perspectives Conference:  Sustainability and Risk: Environmental, Social and Governance Perspectives, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK, Great Britain, September 26.

Editorial Board for the ‘International Robotics & Automation Journal


Media coverage:

The nudging divide in the digital big data era. GovLab at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, New York, New York, USA.