Episode 23: "Garbage in, garbage out"- conversation with Dr David Leslie on AI ethics and safety

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In this episode Dr Bahijja Raimi-Abraham discusses artificial intelligence (AI) ethics and safety with Dr David Leslie (bio. below), Ethics Theme Lead within the public policy programme at The Alan Turing Institute.


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Biography - Dr David Leslie

David Leslie is the Ethics Theme Lead within the public policy programme.


He has previously taught at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values (UCHV), where he also participated in the UCHV's 2017-2018 research collaboration with Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy on "Technology Ethics, Political Philosophy and Human Values: Ethical Dilemmas in AI Governance." He was also a 2017-2018 Mellon-Sawyer Fellow in Technology and the Humanities at Boston University, where he concentrated on the ethics and politics of emerging media and computationally based innovation as well as on issues of accountability, explainability, transparency, and stakeholder participation in the governance of machine learning research and innovation.


Prior to teaching at Princeton, David held academic appointments at Yale’s programme in Ethics, Politics and Economics and at Harvard’s Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, where he received over a dozen teaching awards including the 2014 Stanley Hoffman Prize for Teaching Excellence. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge University, he received his PhD from Yale.


David’s monograph, Understanding artificial intelligence ethics and safety: A guide for the responsible design and implementation of AI systems in the public sector, was published in June as part of an initiative led by the Office for Artificial Intelligence and the Government Digital Service. After receiving Ministerial approval, this work has since become the guiding ethical principles and protocols for the development and use of AI systems by all public sector agencies of the UK Government.

Further information about Dr David Leslie and his work here

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