Joanna Bryson

Professor of Ethics and Technology, Hertie School

Joanna J Bryson is an academic recognised for broad expertise on intelligence, its nature and its consequences. She advises governments, transnational agencies, and NGOs globally, particularly in AI policy. She holds two degrees each in psychology and AI (BA Chicago, MSc & MPhil Edinburgh, PhD MIT). Her work has appeared in venues ranging from reddit to the journal Science. From 2002-19 she was Computer Science faculty at the University of Bath; she has also been affiliated with Harvard Psychology, Oxford Anthropology, Mannheim's Centre for Social Science Research, The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, and the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy. During her PhD she observed the confusion generated by anthropomorphised AI, leading to her first AI ethics publication “Just Another Artifact” in 1998. She has remained active in the field including coauthoring the first national-level AI ethics policy, the UK’s (2011) Principles of Robotics. She continues to research both the system engineering of AI and the cognitive science of natural intelligence, with present focusses on the impact of technology on human cooperation, and new models of governance for AI and ICT. She has since 1 February 2020 been Hertie School’s full Professor of Ethics and Technology, and since July of this year she is one of nine experts named by Germany to the Global Partnership on AI.

Joanna is speaking at

Focus Track 4 - New challenges ahead: Data, AI and the new Society
November 4, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


  • Aljoscha Burchardt (Chair) Senior Researcher, DFKI
  • Natalie Bertels (Chair) Valorisation Manager - Senior legal researcher, IMEC / KU Leuven / Big Data Value Association
  • Freek Bomhof (Chair) senior consultant, TNO
  • Sabine Ammon (Speaker) Professor, TU Berlin
  • Joanna Bryson (Speaker) Professor of Ethics and Technology, Hertie School
  • Raja Chatila (Speaker) Professor emeritus, Université Sorbonne
  • Andrea Renda (Speaker) Senior Research Fellow, Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and Digital Economy, CEPS; Part-time Professor, School of Transnational Governance, EUI., CEPS and EUI


The fast and far-reaching introduction of Data and AI technologies in all sectors has a big impact on our personal lives and on our society as a whole. The opportunities to bring new solutions to societal problems are paramount. We should however also consider and cater for the associated risks.

Our society is changing, how should we prepare?

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