Decoration only announcing the Bernard Williams Essay Prize for 2024


The Bernard Williams Essay Prize | 2024

The Institute for Ethics in AI is thrilled to announce the opening of our annual essay contest, exclusively for University of Oxford undergraduates. This year, we’re challenging bright minds to delve into a topic at the heart of modern innovation:

“Is AI a Threat to Human Creativity?”

We’re seeking compelling arguments, critical analyses, and visionary perspectives in essays of up to 1,500 words. The best submission will be awarded a prize of £500, with two runners-up receiving £250 each.

  • Submit your essay as a PDF, along with the Bernard William cover sheet. Click on 'How to Enter | 2024' for more details. 
  • Deadline: 5pm (GMT) on Monday, September 30th, 2024.

The top three finalists will be invited to showcase their essays at an exclusive seminar, where they will have the chance to engage with leading thinkers in AI ethics. Following the seminar, the winner and runners-up will be announced.

Embrace this chance to contribute to the discourse on AI and creativity, and potentially earn recognition for your insights.


2023 Competition Winner

The Bernard Williams Essay Prize in 2023 attracted a substantial number of entries responding to the question, 'What decisions should computers not make?' After careful consideration, three finalists - Lina Alrawashdeh (PPE, Jesus College), Wyatt Radzin (PPE, Brasenose College) and Chase Mizzell (PPE, Harris Manchester College) - were invited to Oxford to present and defend their essays on Wednesday, 29th November 2023. The presentations were then evaluated by judges: Professor John Tasioulas, Professor Peter Millican, and Dr. Charlotte Unruh.

The £500 prize was awarded to Lina Alrawashdeh, with Wyatt Radzin and Chase Mizzell as proximi accesserunt receiving £250. Patricia Williams also gave the winner the personal gift of a copy of Bernard Williams' Essays and Reviews: 1959-2002.

On the day of the seminar, the Director tweeted: "Three wonderful young people who did Oxford proud today. Our profound thanks to Patricia Williams, who honored us by presenting these brilliant students with their prizes. Many thanks to all who attended in person and online."

Read the news article from here.