The 2023 Elson Ethics Lecture was given by

Professor John Tasioulas

on Wednesday, 4th October


Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: What it is and why we need it



Professor John Tasioulas, Director, Institute for Ethics in AI, University of Oxford

John Tasioulas is Professor of Ethics and Legal Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, and inaugural Director of the Institute for Ethics in AI. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. He was born in Australia, his parents having emigrated from Greece in the early 1960s. He received degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Melbourne and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford where he completed a D.Phil. He was previously a Reader in Moral and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1998-2010), Quain Professor of Jurisprudence in the Faculty of Laws, University College London (2011-14), and inaugural Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy and Law and Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy, and Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London (2014-2020). He has held visiting positions at the Australian National University, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the University of Melbourne. Among other roles, he has acted as a consultant to the World Bank and is a member of the International Advisory Board, Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), European Parliament. In collaboration with Professor Hélène Landemore (Yale University) he is currently pursuing a project developing a humanistic ethics of AI funded by Schmidt Futures’ AI2050 Programme.


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Click here to read Professor John Tasioulas’ transcript of The 2023 Elson Ethics Lecture.