Can an algorithmic society be ethical? A conversation between William Isaac & Jonathan Rowson

William Isaac & Jonathan Rowson
Nov 2nd, 2020



Most of the conversation focuses on the possibility and risks inherent in ‘an algorithmic society’ but the final few minutes concerns the question of race, which was salient at the time due to Black Lives Matters demonstrations.

The authors were part of the same Open Society Fellowship cohort and this conversation took place on Thursday 9th July (during lockdown conditions in London).


Dr. William Isaac is a Senior Research Scientist on DeepMind’s Ethics and Society Team focusing on fairness and governance of AI systems. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State and a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University. Prior to DeepMind, he served as an Open Society Foundations Fellow and Research Advisor for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group.

Dr Jonathan Rowson is Director of Perspectiva.