Very broadly, my research focuses on how to ensure that developments in AI are safe and beneficial in the long-term. Right now, I’m particularly interested in: how risks from AI might evolve as fundamental capabilities advance; how to develop policy today that positively shapes the development and use of AI in future; and how to ensure that public and policy conversations about AI risks are based on a solid understanding of technical capabilities.
Some ongoing and recent publications include:
Crosby, M., Whittlestone, J., and Arulkumaran, K. (working paper). The implications of Deep Reinforcement Learning: A Non-Technical Review.
Prunkl, C. and Whittlestone, J. (working paper). Breaking down the distinction between near- and long-term AI policy.
Ovadya, A. and Whittlestone, J. (2019). Reducing malicious use of synthetic media research: considerations and potential release practices for machine learning. arXiv preprint.
Nyrup, R. Whittlestone, J. and Cave, S. (2019). Why Value Judgements Should Not Be Automated. Evidence submitted to the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Whittlestone, J. Vold, K. and Alexandrova, A. (2019). The potential harms of online targeting. Evidence submitted to the UK Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.
Whittlestone, J. and Vold, K. (2019). Privacy, autonomy and personalised targeting: rethinking how personal data is used. Forthcoming in IE Report on Data, Privacy and the Individual.
Whittlestone, J. Nyrup, R. Alexandrova, A. and Cave, S. (2019). The role and limits of principles in AI ethics: towards a focus on tensions. Proceedings of the 2019 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society.
Whittlestone, J. Nyrup, R. Alexandrova, A. Dihal, K. Cave, S. (2019) Ethical and societal implications
of algorithms, data, and artificial intelligence: a roadmap for research. London: Nuffield Foundation.
Vold, K., Whittlestone, J., Bahanda, A., and Cave, S. (2018). The ethics of AI and data-driven targeting. Report commissioned by the UK Government’s new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.