Oxford Launches Institute for Ethics in AI with Team of Philosophers


Oxford University is bringing on three philosophy professors, two philosophy postdoctoral fellows, and two philosophy graduate students to comprise the initial academic team for its new Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence.

The Institute is part of the Oxford’s Philosophy Faculty, and its creation was part of an agreement reached with businessman Stephen A. Schwarzman when he donated £150,000,000 to the university last year. “The Institute aims to tackle major ethical challenges posed by AI, from face recognition to voter profiling, brain machine interfaces to weaponised drones, and the ongoing discourse about how AI will impact employment on a global scale,” according the university. Some of its work will concern the COVID-19 pandemic and responses to it.

John Tasioulas, currently director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law at King’s College London, will become the inaugural Director of the Institute in October.

Carissa Véliz, formerly a research fellow at Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, has joined the Institute as an associate professor in philosophy and is a tutorial fellow at Hertford College.

Milo Phillips-Brown, currently a fellow in ethics and technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and senior research fellow in digital ethics and governance at the Jain Family Institute, will be an associate professor in philosophy at the Institute and a tutorial fellow at Jesus College.

Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Carina Prunkl and Ted Lechterman, will join as postdoctoral research fellows from Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, respectively.

You can learn more about the Institute here.

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