Imagining Futures: AI on Film

Moral Coding: Ethics and AI

The rate at which systems of power and control are adopting increasingly complex AI into their standard practices can be concerning. Will AI become competent enough to rival overall human intelligence? Should we design AI to function independently from humans? What ethical dilemmas are involved with creating AI and what AI creates?

Director of Research at the Centre for Technomoral Futures and Assistant Professor Atoosa Kasirzadeh, Associate Professor in Philosophy at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences Mark Sprevak, and Assistant Professor in AI, Data, and the Rule of Law Dr John Zerilli will discuss the ethics of AI.

This session complements the iHUMAN and The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz screenings preceding and following it. It is required to get a panel + film combination ticket.  


Information about the speakers


Atoosa Kasirzadeh is a philosopher, mathematician, and systems engineer. She is an assistant professor (Chancellor’s Fellow) in the philosophy department and the Director of Research at the Centre for Technomoral Futures at the University of Edinburgh, and a Research Lead at the Alan Turing Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of science and technology (2021) from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in mathematics (2015) from the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal. Her current research is focused on ethics, safety, and philosophy of AI (value alignment, interpretability, generative models, recommender systems) and philosophy of science (explanation, prediction, complex systems, automating science).


Mark Sprevak is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Philosophy at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) at the University of Edinburgh. His primary research interests are in philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and is currently the Programme Director for the MSc in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition. He has a strong interest in foundational issues in AI, including ethical issues, and is interested in building bridges between current philosophical work on cognition and the wider humanities.


John Zerilli is a Chancellor's Fellow (Assistant Professor) at the University of Edinburgh. John started off his career as a judicial clerk and spent three years as a lawyer before changing careers, earning a PhD in cognitive science and philosophy, and then carrying out research at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. His most recent book, A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence, was published in 2021.


This film is a part of a series of events relating to the theme Moral Coding

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Sep 10 2023 -

Moral Coding: Ethics and AI

Moral Coding: Ethics and AI panel with Dr Atoosa Kasirzadeh, Dr Mark Sprevak and Dr John Zerilli

Adam House,
3 Chambers St,