Robbie Scarff (LLM (with distinction) in Human Rights Law)
Thesis title: Regulating emotional artificial intelligence: exploring expert and citizen perspectives using design fictions
I study emotional artificial intelligence, specifically looking at the potential risks it poses and what the regulatory response to these risks should be. I'm also particularly interested in understanding the perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders, especially citizens, and using their views to inform the regulatory response. I previously studied human rights law, so I tend to integrate that experience into my work now.
Outside academia, I enjoy climbing munros, watching and playing football and writing.
BSc in Sports and Exercise Science (First Class)
LLM in Human Rights Law (with Distinction)
My overarching research interest lies in understanding the ways in which technological developments are causing profound changes in society. For my LLM dissertation I wrote about the various ways in which emerging technologies are impacting upon different human rights, such as the right to freedom of expression, privacy and equal treatment. I found that while there are many positive aspects to the GDPR, there are also many ways in which this data protection regulation is unable to protect people from some of the harms brought about by new technologies.
This lead me directly to my present study of emotional artificial intelligence, AI which attempts to read, interpret and influence our inner emotional state. There are so many ways this technology could help people, but equally so many ways it could cause harm. Understanding these impacts, how people feel about the technology, and working towards an appropriately measured regulatory response is the overall goal of my PhD.