Shannon Vallor, professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, holder of the Baillie Gifford Chair in Data Ethics and Artificial Intelligence at the university’s Edinburgh Futures Institute and director of its Center for Technomoral Futures, said was named the winner of the 2022 Covey Award.
The Covey Prize recognizes “senior scholars with a substantial record of innovative research in the field of computer science and philosophy broadly.” It is awarded by the Board of Trustees of the International Association for Computer Science and Philosophy (IACAP).
In a statement, the Executive Director of IACAP Steve McKinlay writes:
The board recognized Professor Vallors’ significant contribution to our field, both in academic and public spheres over the past two decades… Professor Vallor’s research explores how emerging technologies are reshaping human moral and intellectual character, and mapping the challenges and ethical opportunities posed by new uses. data and artificial intelligence. His job is to advise universities, government and industry on the ethical design and use of AI. Her current project examines accountability gaps in the governance of autonomous systems, as part of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme. She is the author of Technology and Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Worthwhile Future (Oxford University Press, 2016) and editor of oxford handbook of philosophy of technology (2022)
Professor Vallor will deliver the Covey Award keynote address at the IACAP 2022 conference this summer. A list of previous Covey Award winners is available here.