Dr Blay Whitby is a philosopher specialising in technology ethics, addressing primarily the social impact of new and emerging technologies. His work focuses mainly on ethical problems posed by the use of AI in social and domestic settings. His publications include Oversold, unregulated, and unethical: Why we need to respond to robot nannies; On Computable Morality, and Sometimes it’s hard to be a robot: A call for action on the ethics of abusing artificial agents. His books on the area include: Reflections on Artificial Intelligence: The Legal, Moral and Ethical Dimensions and Artificial Intelligence, A Handbook of Professionalism.He is a member of the Ethics Group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and an ethical advisor to the Royal Academy of Engineering.
He is a regular speaker in academic, commercial, military, and community settings as well as having participated in several high impact science/art collaborations. Dr Whitby holds a doctorate in The Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence and also degrees in Philosophy Politics and Economics (Oxford), Philosophy (MA., Sussex), and Intelligent Systems (MSc., Sussex).