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Jonnie Penn

Doctoral Researcher

College: Pembroke
Supervisor: Richard Staley, Helen Curry (advisor)
Thesis topic: History of artificial intelligence
Research interests: History and philosophy of 20th-century science; theoretical artificial intelligence, mathematics, computer science, gender and race

Selected Talks:

"Humanitarian AI - Collaboration for Good to Benefit All Segments of Society" at World Summit on AI, October 12, 2017, Amsterdam. Panel.

“On the Logic of Labor: EDSAC and the History of Open-Source Software (OSS)” at the British Society for History of Science (BSHS) 70th Annual Conference, July 2017, University of York

"Inventing Intelligence: The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence and Electronic Personhood" at the 11th Annual Science in Public Conference, July 2017, University of Sheffield. Panel on: "Robots, AI and the Question of 'Electronic Persons'"

"EDSAC and the History of the Open-Source Software Movement" at the 11th Annual Science in Public Conference, July 2017, University of Sheffield

"How To Talk About the Ethics of AI? A Historical Perspective" at the 14th Annual Technology Ventures Conference, June 2017, University of Cambridge


BA, McGill University (2013)
MPhil, University of Cambridge (2015)
Google Technology Fellow, Brussels (2017-18)
Visiting Student, MIT (2018)
BKMLA Researcher, MIT Media Lab (2018)
PhD, University of Cambridge (expected 2019)

Currently: MIT Media Lab & Harvard's Berkman Klein Centre BKMLA Assembly Research Team on AI and Governance

Selected Press:

Raising Children in the Era of Artificial Intelligence – Part One and Two, January 2018

Written Evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, October, 2017

Building a brain trust for good AI?, August 2017, IBM Think Leaders