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My group, PhD Students in AI Ethics, put on a conference.

A group that I founded at the end of 2020 called PhD Students in AI Ethics just had their first public facing conference – and it was a huge success! We called the conference #PhDAIethics2021 Research Vignettes. Over two sessions we saw 23 PhD students give 5 minute talks about their work in AI Ethics. … Continue reading My group, PhD Students in AI Ethics, put on a conference.

Chats with GPT-3: Memetics

I have been pondering lately on how we can use natural language programming in large language AI models (LLMs) that use natural language processing (NLP) to better understand ourselves. Natural language programming is sometimes called prompt design or prompt programming. A natural language is what we use (i.e. English, French, Spanish) and has evolved amongst … Continue reading Chats with GPT-3: Memetics

The Intelligence of Organisations

How will our understanding of organisations change as they become more integrated with machines? The ability to adapt requires an organisation to learn.  Organisations learn in response to changing environments through feedback loops that provide knowledge of the surrounding environment and allow for adjustment to the system.  Adaptation and learning through awareness of one’s environment … Continue reading The Intelligence of Organisations

The Quiet Crisis of PhDs – Not so Quiet Anymore!

The paper I co-wrote with Coleman, Batten, Hallsworth and Spencer called “The Quiet Crisis of PhDs and COVID-19: Reaching the financial tipping point” has attracted some good media coverage this last week. The media coverage has seen over 3,400 people view the pre-print from 9th-19th July 2020, and the story was widely shared on social … Continue reading The Quiet Crisis of PhDs – Not so Quiet Anymore!

First questions: sociotechnial approaches to Ethical AI.

The following post is a reflection response to an article published by Michael Klenk on 15th June 2020 titled “Are We Asking The Right Questions About The Ethics Of Technology?“ I recently read an interesting opinion piece titled “Are we asking the right questions about the ethics of technology” (Klenk, 2020) that argued for a … Continue reading First questions: sociotechnial approaches to Ethical AI.

What are universities for?

Universities serve multiple purposes, and there has been an extensive debate around the question of which functions are the most essential.  Answers range in scope from ideals of liberal education focussed on the development of the individual such as was captured by Newman (1852), to aspirations of serving the common good (Marginson, 2016), as well … Continue reading What are universities for?

Citizens at the centre of AI ethics.

From a great letter to Nature Machine Intelligence by Nicolas Spatola. “Several non-profit organizations such as theCenter for Humane Technology are workingto raise awareness of ethical concerns in AIamong both politicians and actors in thetechnology sector. However, the pressuremust also come from citizens themselves,from the grassroots of our societies, as itdoes in the case of … Continue reading Citizens at the centre of AI ethics.

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