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Shannon Vallor Baillie Gifford Chair in Ethics in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence


Shannon Vallor is the Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence at the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) at the University of Edinburgh, where she is also appointed in Philosophy. Professor Vallor’s research explores how new technologies, especially AI, robotics, and data science, reshape human moral character, habits, and practices. She regularly advises policymakers and industry on the ethical design and use of AI, and currently chairs Scotland’s Data Delivery Group. In addition to her many articles on the ethics of new technologies, she is the author of Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (Oxford University Press, 2016) and the forthcoming monograph Lessons from the AI Mirror: Rebuilding Our Humanity in an Age of Machine Thinking.