Beth Singler

Associate Fellow


Dr Beth Singler is the Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, where she is exploring the social, ethical, philosophical and religious implications of AI. As an associate fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence she is collaborating on the AI Narratives and Global AI Narratives projects, as well as co-organising a series of Faith and AI workshops as a part of the AI: Trust and Society programme.

She has also produced a series of short films on the questions raised by AI, and the first, Pain in the Machine, won the AHRC Best Research Film of the Year Award in 2017. Beth has appeared on Radio4’s Today, Sunday and Start the Week, spoken at the Hay Festival as one of the ‘Hay 30’, the 30 best speakers to watch, as well as speaking at New Scientist Live, Edinburgh Science Festival, the Science Museum, Cheltenham Science Festival, and Ars Electronica. She was also one of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000, a list of the most influential people, in both 2017 and 2018.

Pain in the Machine 

Friend in the Machine

Good in the Machine

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Mind over Chatter: What is the future of artificial intelligence?

Mind over Chatter. Episode 5: What is the future of artificial intelligence? Artificial Intelligence can be found in every aspect of our lives. From A-level grade predicting algorithms to Netflix recommendations, AI is set to change the choices we make and how our personal information will be used. In this episode, we explore the future of […]


fAIth, Aeon (2017) The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why? Download Popular Journal article

AI slaves: the questionable desire shaping our idea of technological progress

AI slaves: the questionable desire shaping our idea of technological progress, The Conversation (2018) From high impact Hollywood dystopic accounts such as the infamous Terminator films to public responses to the story of a burger flipping robot being “fired”, the stories we tell ourselves about AI are important. These narratives have an impact on our […]

AIs could debate whether a smart assistant should snitch on you

AIs could debate whether a smart assistant should snitch on you, New Scientist (2 March 2019). Beth Singler comments on the ethical issues surrounding virtual assistants. Download Popular Journal article

Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine (2019) Ghost in the Machine asks the big questions: What is consciousness? Could Artificial Intelligence ever be conscious? Could we even ever prove that it was? And if we could, what would that mean to our society and our future? Fourth in a quartet of short documentary films made made by […]


Beth Singler

Faith and AI

There is great interest in artificial intelligence: its capabilities, opportunities, ethical concerns, and implications for human flourishing. Yet current conversations often fail to engage with a broad range of religious stakeholders and faith communities. This risks ignoring a central aspect of many people’s moral perspective, and centuries of spiritual wisdom, philosophy, and ethical thinking which […]