Alex John London

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Clara L. West Professor of Ethics and Philosophy

Carnegie Mellon University

Alex John London is the Clara L. West Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, Director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and Chief Ethicist at the Block Center for Technology and Society. An elected Fellow of the Hastings Center, Professor London’s work focuses on ethical and policy issues surrounding the development and deployment of novel technologies in medicine, biotechnology and artificial intelligence, on methodological issues in theoretical and practical ethics, and on cross-national issues of justice and fairness. His book, For the Common Good: Philosophical Foundations of Research Ethics is available in hard copy from Oxford University Press and is available here in PDF as an open access title. Professor London is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Group on Ethics and Governance of AI whose report “Ethics and governance of artificial intelligence for health” was published in 2021 and he is currently a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine Committee on Creating a Framework for Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation in Health and Medicine. He is a conference program co-chair for the 6th AAAI / ACM Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society (AIES) and a member of the program committee for the 2023 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) conference. He has served on previous program committees for AIE in 2021 and 2022 and from 2017-2019 he was a judge for the IBM Watson AI X-Prize. He is currently a co-leader of the ethics core for the NSF AI Institute for Collaborative Assistance and Responsive Interaction for Networked Groups (AI-CARING).