Kay Firth-Butterfield is the Project Head, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, at the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum. Prior to taking this position, she was Executive Director of AI-Global and led the Ethics Advisory Panel of Lucid.ai. She is also a Barrister-at-Law and part-time Judge in the United Kingdom where she has also worked as a mediator, arbitrator, business owner and Professor of Law. In the United States, Kay is Chief Officer, and member, of the Lucid.ai Ethics Advisory Panel (EAP), a Distinguished Scholar of the Robert Strauss Center an adjunct Professor of Law at UT. She has advanced degrees in Law and International Relations and advises governments, think tanks and non-profits about artificial intelligence, law and policy.
Kay co-founded the Consortium for Law and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Texas. She thinks about how AI and other emerging technologies will impact business and society, including how both can prepare for that impact in internal planning and policy. Kay speaks regularly to international audiences addressing many aspects of these challenging changes.