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Keynote Speech

Multi-scale Ethics: Why we need to involve citizens in technological developments at different scales.
Melanie Smallman, Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies, UCL London.

In May 2018, a group of citizens took to the streets to protest against the first instance of AI being used within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

Melanie's keynote speech will reflect on current approaches to AI Ethics and ask how they could have missed the very issues that are driving citizens to the streets to protest these technologies.  In particular, she will argue that in order to develop technologies responsibly, we need to think about how advanced technologies will impact communities, institutions and the public at large, as well as individuals – and that the most effective way to do that is to involve citizens right from the start.

April 20, 3:30 PM, Circus of Knowledge

Melanie Smallman

Melanie Smallman is an Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies at UCL, Co-Director of the UCL Hub for Responsible Research and Innovation and a Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Melanie's research focuses on how responsibility and ethics is understood and enacted in research and technology development, and how these issues affect public perceptions and social acceptance of technologies.  Specifically, she is interested in the role of technologies in increasing inequality and how these wider social impacts can be taken account of within ethical frameworks. Previously, Melanie ran science policy and communication consultancy Think-Lab and spent eight years as an adviser within the UK Government. She is a former Fellow in Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School for Government and has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from UCL.



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