Talks in Oxford, March 2023

Thursday 9 March, 18:30 – 20:00 (UK time), “Is AI bad for democracy? Analyzing AI’s impact on epistemic agency” for St. Cross Special Ethics Seminar.

Venue: The seminar will be held in the St Cross Room, St Cross College (61 St Giles’, Oxford).

Abstract: Cases such as Cambridge Analytica or the use of AI by the Chinese government suggest that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) creates some risks for democracy. This paper analyzes these risks by using the concept of epistemic agency and argues that the use of AI risks to influence the formation and the revision of beliefs in at least three ways: the direct, intended manipulation of beliefs, the type of knowledge offered, and the creation and maintenance of epistemic bubbles. It then suggests some implications for research and policy.

Apparently it’s fully booked (with a long wait list) for in-person attendance, but the Zoom webinar link is

Thursday 16 March, 15:00 – 16:30 (UK time), talk for Data Ethics module at Oxford

Tuesday 21 March, 17:00 – 18:15 (UK time), talk on AI & democracy at Royal Institute of Philosophy (Oxford)


Two guest professorships

Excited to share the news that during the next years I will take up two guest professorships:

The Horizon Europe-funded ERA Chair at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague where I will help to set up a new international research Center of Environmental and Technology Ethics – Prague (CETE-P)(

Guest professor at WASP-HS ( and University of Uppsala, where I will have the pleasure to work on our exciting research project “AI Design Futures” with Amanda Lagerkvist, Magnus Strand, and Virginia Dignum.

All this will involve the recruitment of researchers at various levels including PhD vacancies during the next year(s)! Will keep you updated.

Pondering AI Podcast

Recently I was interviewed by Kimberly Nevala for this Pondering AI podcast.

You can find the recording on your preferred mainstream channel (Apple, Google, Spotify, Stitcher); the website also has a transcript.

Interview in Der Standard

I recently discussed with Tanja Taxler some of the implications of our expectations regarding artificial intelligence I am delighted that the interview was published in the 16 September 2020 edition of Der Standard.

My ‘AI Ethics’ with MIT Press now published!

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I am happy to announce that my book, AI Ethics, has now been published by MIT Press!

More information about the book can be found here; copies can be ordered directly through MIT Press.


AI paper published in SEE

My paper, “Artificial Intelligence, Responsibilty Attribution, and a Relational Justification of Explainability,” has been published online in Science and Engineering Ethics!

SEE paper