3.6 Svenja and Shannon - listen now
Guests Svenja O'Donnell and Shannon Vallor discuss data biases, the danger of apathy and saucepan-enabled smuggling.
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About our guests
Chosen object: a bust of Lenin
Recording location: Northamptonshire
Svenja is a writer, journalist, commentator and freelance adviser on Brexit, UK and EU Politics. She previously worked as a foreign, economics and politics correspondent at Bloomberg News and Businessweek. Her articles have appeared in various publications, including Financial Times, Sunday Times and Independent. Svenja was awarded the Washington National Press Club Breaking News Prize in 2017 for her coverage of the Brexit referendum.
Svenja grew up in Paris and is half-Irish, half-German. She speaks five languages: French, German, English, Spanish and Russian.
Her first book, ‘Inge’s War: A Story of Family, Secrets and Survival under Hitler’ was published in August 2020.
Chosen object: a glass perfume bottle made by her grandfather
Recording location: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Shannon is the Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence at the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI), and Professor in Philosophy.
Prior to joining the University, Shannon was a Visiting Researcher and AI Ethicist at Google. Her research explores how new technologies, especially AI, robotics, and data science, reshape human moral character, habits, and practices. From this, Shannon works with policymakers and industry to inform ethical standards for technology research and development.
In 2015, she received the World Technology Award in Ethics from the World Technology Network. Shannon is the author of the book ‘Technology and Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting’ and is working on a new book: ‘The AI Mirror: Rebuilding Humanity in an Age of Machine Thinking’.
Host: Richenda Rae
Theme music: Nathan Webb
Producer: Kate Stewart