Kay Firth-Butterfield is a lawyer, professor, and author specializing in the intersection of artificial intelligence, international relations, Business and AI ethics. She is the CEO of the Centre for Trustworthy Technology which is a Member of the World Economic Forum's Forth Industrial Revolution Network. Before starting her new position Kay was the head of AI and machine learning at the World Economic Forum.[1][2] She was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin.[3]

Kay Firth-Butterfield
Known forArtificial intelligence
Machine learning
International relations
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Sussex (BA)
St. Mary's University (MA, LLM)
Academic work
InstitutionsWorld Economic Forum
University of Texas at Austin

Firth-Butterfield has authored of two books: Human Rights and Human Trafficking[4] and Laws on Human Trafficking,[5] the latter co-authored with Tina Miranda. She has also written numerous articles and given speeches on the topics of AI, law, international relations, AI ethics and AI for business and government transformation.

Education edit

Firth-Butterfield graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in law and social science from the University of Sussex. She attended St. Mary's University for her further studies, where she received a Master's degree in international relations and a Master of Laws.[6]

Career edit

Firth-Butterfield started her career as a barrister and part-time judge in the United Kingdom.[7] Over time, she began to research more topics about the future of law, including the impact of AI, and specialized more at the intersection of AI and policy.[8] More recently, she has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin, where she co-founded the Responsible AI Institute. Firth-Butterfield is currently an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge.[9][10]

She has advised governments, think tanks, and nonprofits about artificial intelligence law, ethics, and policy. She established an AI ethics advisory panel at Lucid.ai in 2014, which has since included AI experts like Murray Shanahan, Max Tegmark, and Derek Jinks.[2][11] Since 2015, she has served as the Executive Committee Vice Chair of IEEE's Global Initiative on Ethical Considerations in the Design of AI and Autonomous Systems.[12][13] She has also served on Lord Chief Justice’s advisory panel on AI and law, the advisory board for UNESCO's International Research Centre on AI, and AI4ALL's advisory board.[14]

Selected awards and honors edit

  • 2017 – Most Important 25 Women in Robotics[15]
  • 2018 – 12 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics[16]
  • 2020 – VentureBeat Women in AI Awards Responsibility & Ethics of AI Nominee[17]
  • 2020 – 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics Hall of Fame Honoree[18]
  • 2020 – Forbes Women Defining The 21st Century AI Movement[19]
  • 2021 – The New York Times 10 Women Changing the Landscape of Leadership[8]

References edit

  1. ^ Ransbotham, Sam; Khodabandeh, Shervin. "Tech and Ethics: The World Economic Forum's Kay Firth-Butterfield on Doing the Right Thing in AI". MIT Sloan Management Review. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "World Economic Forum's AI head on how to protect human rights without stifling innovation". VentureBeat. April 29, 2019. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  3. ^ Conn, Ariel (January 27, 2017). "Kay Firth-Butterfield Interview". Future of Life Institute. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Firth-Butterfield, Kay (2012). Human Rights and Human Trafficking. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1465201447.
  5. ^ Firth-Butterfield, Kay; Miranda, Tina (2013). Laws on Human Trafficking. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1465201430.
  6. ^ "Kay Firth-Butterfield (Associate) | Doughty Street Chambers". www.doughtystreet.co.uk. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "Kay Firth-Butterfield". Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "10 Women Changing the Landscape of Leadership". The New York Times. March 5, 2021. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  9. ^ Schenker, Jennifer L. (April 18, 2021). "Interview Of The Week: Kay Firth Butterfield, World Economic Forum". The Innovator. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  10. ^ "The 158th GRIPS Forum – "Who or what should govern AI?"". National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  11. ^ "Lucid Selects New Member To Join Ethics Advisory Panel". Cision. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  12. ^ "IEEE EAD First Edition Committees" (PDF). January 1, 2019.
  13. ^ Chatila, Raja (March 29, 2017). "IEEE Global Initiative Aims to Advance Ethical Design of AI and Autonomous Systems". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  14. ^ "Girl Trouble: Breaking Through The Bias in AI". UNESCO. February 22, 2021. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  15. ^ "25 women in robotics you need to know about – 2017". RoboHub. October 10, 2017.
  16. ^ Dand, Mia (October 10, 2019). "12 Brilliant Women in Artificial Intelligence & Ethics to Watch in 2018". Medium. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  17. ^ "Announcing nominees for the second annual Women in AI Awards". VentureBeat. July 15, 2020. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  18. ^ "Hall of Fame". 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  19. ^ Minevich, Mark. "The Women Defining The 21st Century AI Movement: Part 1 Of 2". Forbes. Retrieved August 23, 2021.