DeepMind Ethics & Society Fellows are independent advisors who help provide oversight, critical feedback and guidance for our research strategy and work program. Research Fellows are important not only for the expertise they bring but also for their values and reputation for asking challenging questions. By engaging with world-class philosophers, economists, practitioners, and people in other fields, we hope to better understand the implications of AI, and to ensure our work addresses the truly difficult questions that need to be explored.

Professor Nick Bostrom

Professor at Oxford University, Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and the Governance of Artificial Intelligence Program

Nick Bostrom is Professor at Oxford University, where he is the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute. He also directs the Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Center. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009), and Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (OUP, 2014), a New York Times bestseller. Bostrom has a background in physics, artificial intelligence, and mathematical logic as well as philosophy. He is recipient of a Eugene R. Gannon Award. He has been listed on Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers list twice; and he was included on Prospect magazine's World Thinkers list, the youngest person in the top 15 from all fields and the highest-ranked analytic philosopher. His writings have been translated into 24 languages. There have been more than 100 translations and reprints of his works.

Professor Diane Coyle

Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge

Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, having previously been Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Co-Director of Policy@Manchester. She is also a member of the Natural Capital Committee and an Office for National Statistics Fellow. She specialises in the economics of new technologies, markets and competition, and public policy, and has worked extensively on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries. Her books include GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, The Economics of Enough: How to run the economy as if the future matters, and The Soulful Science (all Princeton University Press). Diane was a BBC Trustee for over eight years, and was formerly a member of the Migration Advisory Committee and the Competition Commission. She was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and also worked at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist. She has a PhD from Harvard. Diane was awarded a CBE for services to Economics and the Public Understanding of Economics.

Professor Edward W. Felten

Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Founding Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy

Edward W. Felten is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and the founding Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. In 2015-2017 he served in the White House as Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. In 2011-12 he served as the first Chief Technologist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Fellow of the ACM. 

Christiana Figueres

Leader on global climate change, convener of Mission 2020

Christiana Figueres is an international leader on climate change. She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016. Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009, she rebuilt the process over six years to finally deliver the Paris Agreement in 2015. She is currently the convener of Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure the world bends the curve of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 in order to protect the most vulnerable from the worst impacts of climate change and usher in an era of economic stability and prosperity.  Her responsibilities also include Vice Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors, Climate Leader for the World Bank, Distinguished Fellow of Conservation International, Board member of ACCIONA, Climate Works and the World Resources Institute, and member of the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health.

James Manyika

Senior Partner at McKinsey and Chair of the McKinsey Global Institute

James Manyika is a Senior Partner at McKinsey and Chair of the McKinsey Global Institute. For over 20 years he has worked with many of the world’s leading technology companies, founders and chief executives. He also researches and writes on technology’s impact on the economy and society. James was appointed by President Obama as Vice Chair of the Global Development Council at the White House. He is on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Aspen Institute, XPrize, Oxford Internet Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, Stanford’s 100 Year Study on AI. James was in the Programming Research Group, the Robotics Research Group at Oxford, and a Fellow of Balliol College, a visiting scientist in NASA JPL, a faculty exchange fellow at MIT, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A Rhodes Scholar, James holds DPhil. MSc. MA. in Robotics, Computation from Oxford, a BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Zimbabwe.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Professor of Economics, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and senior UN advisor

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty. Professor Sachs is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world”. Professor Sachs serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he is also a University Professor.  He is Special Advisor to current and previous Secretary-Generals of the United Nations on Sustainable and Millennium Development Goals. He is currently Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. 

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