We believe that integrating the grey area of Ethics into the black and white field of AI, in a way that’s both meaningful and responsive to business and technical goals, requires an interdisciplinary approach. This difficulty of integration can only be solved if we bring together our expertise as philosophers and programmers alike so that we may fully understand the intricacy of the situation and provide clear and creative analysis. Only then can we translate the knowledge of academia into practical application for industry, inspiring and enabling responsible technology for a better tomorrow.
Olivia is an AI Ethicist who works with tech entrepreneurs to understand the importance of ethics in AI development and usage. Olivia believes that artificial intelligence offers unheard of opportunities for innovation in technology but which can only be realized through responsible and ethical practices. Olivia is originally from the Bay Area, where she started her career working in digital marketing for startups. Olivia holds an MSc in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, her dissertation concentration on moral responsibility and self-driving cars, a BA in Philosophy and Entrepreneurship from Baylor University, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Tech Scotland Advocates.
Andrew has a long career in software engineering, most recently consulting for several high profile organizations in the sports technology space. He is also a working on a PhD in philosophy at York in Toronto, and was recently awarded a SSHRC doctoral fellowship. His research interests include issues at the intersection of cognition, tech ethics, and political epistemology.
Amanda is a fourth-year PhD student who works with Professor Verena Rieser on detection and mitigation of abuse in social dialogue systems. Amanda believes AI development and design decisions should take a society-first approach, working towards a Hippocratic oath for AI with clearly defined ethical standards that researchers and developers should uphold. Amanda led her university’s team in the 2018 Amazon Alexa Challenge during which they were finalists out of over 200 applicants and 8 competing universities, and is a committee member of SigGen (Special Interest Group in Natural Language Generation). Amanda holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
Hiroki is an aspiring auditor who works with business owners to better understand their companies. He believes that accountable and sustainable capitalism is possible - through reforming governance, transforming business practices and ultimately, realigning shareholder value with other stakeholder values (I.e social and environmental). He recently secured a role at BDO UK, and, has a history of managing and working with tech startups, social enterprises and charities. He is currently studying to be a chartered accountant, is a certified associate business analyst and project manager. He also holds a Masters (Hons) degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh.
Luke is a data scientist who works with clients to provide clarity and structure to their daily business operations. Luke believes data science has a role to play in everything we do nowadays, and that the ethical implementation of technology is one of the most important challenges we face. Luke holds a MSc in Data Science from the University of Edinburgh with his dissertation concentration on Fairness and Machine Learning, and a BSc in Computational Thinking from Maynooth University.
Garry is Chief Executive of Technology Leaders Limited, a business and technology consultancy for high growth companies. He has extensive experience in UK and international markets, including IPO and trade exits with technology enterprises. Garry creates high value business to business partnerships for entrepreneurs, scale-ups and major institutions through connections to curated corporate and investor networks. He is a Fellow and Scotland committee member of the Institute of Directors, Freeman of the City of London and Co-Chair of the Pride in Business Network.
Dr. Bonime-Blanc is CEO & Founder of GEC Risk Advisory, and a global governance, risk, ethics, cyber and crisis strategist, serving business, non-profits and government. She is NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Governance faculty and holds the Carnegie Mellon CERT Certification in Cyber-Risk Oversight. She is a Governance Mentor at Plug & Play Tech Centre and, in 2017, was appointed the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.
Dr. Mark Sprevak is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) at the University of Edinburgh. His primary research interests are in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, with particular focus on the cognitive sciences and has a specific interest in building bridges between current philosophical work on cognition and the wider humanities. He is also currently Director of Knowledge Exchange and Impact for PPLS as well as Deputy Director for Research.
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