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Jonnie Penn

PhD student

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)
Visiting Student, MIT (2018)
PhD, University of Cambridge (expected 2019)


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