Professor of Ethics and Technology at the Hertie School of Governance
Joanna J. Bryson is an academic recognized for her broad expertise on intelligence, its nature, and its consequences. Holding two degrees each in psychology and AI (BA Chicago, MSc & MPhil Edinburgh, PhD MIT), she has been the Professor of Ethics and Technology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin since 2020. Bryson advises governments, corporations, and other agencies globally, particularly on AI policy. Her work has appeared in venues ranging from Reddit to the journal Science. From 2002–2019, she was Computer Science faculty at the University of Bath; she has also been affiliated with Harvard Psychology, Oxford Anthropology, the Mannheim Centre for Social Science Research, the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, and the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy. Bryson first observed the confusion generated by anthropomorphized AI during her PhD, leading to her first AI ethics publication, "Just Another Artifact," in 1998. She is now a leader in AI ethics, having since coauthored the first national-level AI ethics policy, the UK’s (2011) Principles of Robotics, and contributed to efforts by the OECD, EU, UN, OSCE, Red Cross, and Google, among others. She also continues to research the systems engineering of AI and the cognitive science of intelligence. Her present research focuses on the impacts of technology on human societies and new models of governance for AI and digital technology. She is a founding member of the Hertie School’s Center for Digital Governance and one of Germany’s nine nominated experts for the Global Partnership for AI.