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    Nell Watson
    engineer, entrepreneur, expert on technology and psychology
    Nell Watson

    Nell Watson

    How could AI and Machine Ethics build a more fair and happy society? Does that sound too “pie in the sky”? At and&, Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson will convince you that it’s a present reality. And she should know. Watson is a Machine Intelligence engineer who worked to pioneer Deep Machine Vision at her company QuantaCorp, which enables fast and accurate body measurement from just two photos. While sharing her knowledge as AI Faculty at Singularity University and as author of Machine Intelligence courseware for O’Reilly Media, she realized the importance of protecting human rights and putting ethics, safety, and the values of human spirit into AI.

    Watson serves as Chair & Vice-Chair respectively of the IEEE’s ECPAIS Transparency Experts Focus Group, and P7001 Transparency of Autonomous Systems committee on AI Ethics & Safety, engineering credit score-like mechanisms to safeguard algorithmic trust. She also chairs EthicsNet.org, a community that teaches pro-social behavior to machines; CulturalPeace.org, which crafts Geneva Conventions-style rules for cultural conflict; and Pacha.org, which connects a network of service providers to help enable the automated accounting of externalities such as pollution.

    Watson also serves as Senior Scientific Advisor to The Future Society at Harvard, and holds Fellowships from the British Computing Society, and Royal Statistical Society, among others. Her public speaking has inspired audiences to work towards a brighter future at venues such as The World Bank, The United Nations General Assembly, and The Royal Society. And now, and& Leuven is delighted to be added to her list of venues.