Shannon Vallor

Baillie Gifford Professor in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence, and Director of the Centre for Technomoral Futures
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Professor Shannon Vallor serves as Director of the Centre for Technomoral Futures in the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and is Programme Director for EFI’s MSc in Data and AI Ethics. She is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and holds the Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence in the University of Edinburgh’s Department of Philosophy. Professor Vallor joined the Futures Institute in 2020 following a career in the United States as a leader in the ethics of emerging technologies, including a post as a visiting AI Ethicist at Google from 2018-2020. She is the author of 2016’s Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (Oxford University Press) and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology (2022). She serves as advisor to government and industry bodies on responsible AI and data ethics. She is also Principal Investigator and Co-Director (with Professor Ewa Luger) of the UKRI research programme BRAID (Bridging Responsible AI Divides), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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