We are delighted to share the news that the Nuffield Foundation has appointed Professor Shannon Vallor as one of three new Oversight Board members of the Ada Lovelace Institute.
Professor Shannon Vallor is the Baillie Gifford Professor in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, where she is appointed in Philosophy and directs the Centre for Technomoral Futures in the Edinburgh Futures Institute.
Founded in 2018 The Ada Lovelace Institute’s mission is to make data and AI work for people and society.
Joining Professor Vallor as the Ada Lovelace Institute’s new Oversight Board members are Ali Shah, Global Principal Director for Responsible AI (Accenture) and Shakir Mohamed, Director for Research (Google DeepMind).
In addition to leading the strategic development of the Ada Lovelace Institute, the Oversight Board is responsible for its long-term sustainability.
Oversight Board members play a role in identifying and advising on potential research questions or projects relating to the use of data and AI.
Professor Vallor’s research explores how AI and related technologies reshape human moral character and capabilities, and her work includes advising policymakers, regulators and industry on the ethical design and governance of AI.
She is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and Co-Director of the UKRI BRAID (Bridging Responsible AI Divides) programme. Her published works include Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting and the forthcoming The AI Mirror: Reclaiming Our Humanity in an Age of Machine Thinking.
Professor Shannon Vallor said:
“I am thrilled to be joining the Oversight Board of the Ada Lovelace Institute, a global leader in independent research and engagement on AI and data’s rapidly growing impact on our lives, communities and institutions.
Today, public understanding of AI and data is increasingly clouded and distorted by media hype and polarising narratives, all too often driven by powerful actors that drown out other voices. This makes Ada’s mission to inform an equitable, just and humane technology ecosystem all the more urgent. I am honoured to have the opportunity to help Ada steer and sustain their vital work.”