Call: thinkBIG Workshop on the Ethical and Social Challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence

Call for Registration: thinkBIG Workshop on the Ethical and Social Challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence

Location: Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor, SL4 2HP, UK

Date & Time: 25th June 2018, 09:30–18:00

The thinkBIG project (Nello Cristianini, University of Bristol) invites registrations for a one-day workshop on ‘The Ethical and Social Challenges Posed by Artificial Intelligence’, to be held at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.

The rapid adoption of AI and data technologies in everyday life has created new opportunities but also risks that were not considered before. Among them are concerns about privacy, fairness, transparency, and accountability, which arise from devolving many consequential decisions to machines. There are also concerns about public opinion, employment and individual autonomy and wellbeing, particularly when those decisions are made on the basis of personal data.

In this workshop we will review the main challenges, with an eye to identifying positive contributions that we can make, either in a technical or in a conceptual way. Among the questions that will be asked and debated, are “can machine-decisions ever be unbiased?”, “are we entitled to an explanation?”, “how do we embrace the benefits of AI without accepting also the risks?, and “how can policy makers regulate a fast moving technical field?”


Nello Cristianini (Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Bristol) — “Artificial Intelligence and Media”

Dr Lina Dencik (Senior Lecturer, Co-Founder Data Justice Lab, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University) — “A social justice approach to datafication”

James W. Pennebaker (Regents Centennial Professor of Psychology, University of Texas) — Title TBA

Teresa Scantamburlo & Christopher Burr (Postdoctoral Researcher in Data Studies, University of Bristol) — “Two problems with current uses of machine learning”

Dr David Stillwell (Lecturer in Big Data Analytics and Quantitative Social Science, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge) — “How should organisations use data driven psychological predictions ethically?”

Karina Vold (Research Associate) (Leverhulme Centre for Intelligence, University of Cambridge) — “AI and us – who should be nudging whom? [Co-Authored with Huw Price (Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge)]”

Karen Yeung (Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics—Birmingham Law School & School of Computer Science) — Title TBA


Artificial Intelligence and Society: Lina Dencik, Marcello Pelillo (Professor of Computer Science, University of Venice), Gila Sacks (Director for Digital and Tech Policy at DCMS), and Teresa Scantamburlo

Artificial Intelligence and the Individual: Christopher Burr, David Stillwell, James Pennebaker, and Karina Vold


Attendance at the workshop costs £70.00 and includes all coffee and lunch. Please visit for information on how to register, up-to-date details of the workshop’s programme, and details on how to find the venue. Spaces at the workshop are limited. If all tickets are sold out, and you would like to be notified if additional spaces become available, please contact


A second workshop on the ‘Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences’ (26th June, 2018) is also being run separately by the thinkBIG project, which recipients may be interested in. Additional registration and payment is required. Please visit for further information.

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