The Institute for Ethics in AI

Welcome to the new website for The Institute for Ethics in AI at Oxford University

What is the Institute?

The Institute for Ethics in AI will bring together world-leading philosophers and other experts in the humanities with the technical developers and users of AI in academia, business and government. The ethics and governance of AI is an exceptionally vibrant area of research at Oxford and the Institute is an opportunity to take a bold leap forward from this platform.

The Institute is part of the Philosophy Faculty and will be housed in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities at Oxford University. It was announced in June 2019 following a donation from Stephen A. Schwarzman, and launched in February 2021 with a panel event to discuss AI in a Democratic Culture.

Why does AI ethics matter?

Philosophers made a major contribution to the development of medical ethics forty years ago, and we are now at a tipping point where a similar ethical intervention is needed to cope with the questions raised by the rise of AI. Every day brings more examples of the ethical challenges posed by AI; from facial recognition to voter profiling, brain machine interfaces to weaponised drones, and the ongoing discourse about how AI will impact employment on a global scale. This is urgent and important work that we intend to promote internationally as well as embedding in our own research and teaching here at Oxford.

Who are we?

We announced our inaugural academic team in September 2020. They are:
We receive expert support and guidance from a Steering Committee of experts from a range of disciplines at Oxford University, chaired by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Principal of Jesus College and Chair of the Open Data Institute.

You can read more about us here, and enjoy a Q&A with our Director in which he spells out his vision for the future.


Introducing a new institute for ethics in AI

What's next?


We are planning to recruit more academic posts this year. Applications are now invited for a three-year research fellowship in AI Ethics with a focus on health justice, including a fellowship at Corpus Christi College.


We will continue to put on virtual events tackling the big topics in AI. Every event will be open to the public. You can find the full list of upcoming events, and videos of past events, here.

A website

We will shortly launch our new website - at this same address - with more information about our research and our events.

We will also be producing new research, forging academic and industry collaborations, and so much more. So watch this space and - in the meantime - follow us on Twitter or sign up to our mailing list.