Karina Vold

Associate Fellow (former Research Fellow, 2017 - 2020)

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Karina Vold is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. Before this she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, from 2017-2020. Currently, Vold is also a Research Lead at the U of T Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, an AI2050 Early Career Fellow with the Schmidt Futures Foundation, a Faculty Associate at the U of T Centre for Ethics, and an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. Vold specialises in Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, and her recent research has focused on human autonomy, cognitive enhancement, extended cognition, and the risks and ethics of AI. More information about her work can be found on her webpage.

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Resources

A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence: John Zerilli, Karina Vold, Jonnie Penn in conversation

A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence: John Zerilli, Karina Vold, Jonnie Penn in conversation. 26 April 2021. A recording of this live webinar. Join three of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence’s philosophers for a conversation on themes arising from John Zerilli et al.’s new book, A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence. Up […]

Responsible AI—Two Frameworks for Ethical Design Practice

Responsible AI – Two Frameworks for Ethical Design Practice. IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society ( Volume: 1 , Issue: 1 , March 2020) Abstract:In 2019, the IEEE launched the P7000 standards projects intended to address ethical issues in the design of autonomous and intelligent systems. This move came amidst a growing public concern over the unintended consequences […]

Overcoming Deadlock: Scientific and ethical reasons to embrace the extended mind

Overcoming Deadlock: Scientific and ethical reasons to embrace the extended mind, Philosophy and Society (2019) The extended mind thesis maintains that while minds may be centrally located in one’s brain-and-body, they are sometimes partly constituted by tools in our environment. Critics argue that we have no reason to move from the claim that cognition is […]

Privacy, Autonomy, and Personalised Targeting: rethinking how personal data is used

Privacy, Autonomy, and Personalised Targeting: rethinking how personal data is used. Karina Vold and Jess Whittlestone.  Volume on Data, Privacy, and the Individual in the Digital Age. Center for the Governance on Change.  The last years established beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are living through a crucial historical moment regarding privacy. Two […]

Supporting human autonomy in AI systems: A framework for ethical enquiry

Supporting human autonomy in AI systems: A framework for ethical enquiry, Rafael A. Calvo, Dorian Peters, Karina Vold, Richard M. Ryan. In Christopher Burr & Luciano Floridi (eds.), Ethics of Digital Well-being: A Multidisciplinary Approach. (forthcoming). Autonomy has been central to moral and political philosophy for millenia, and has been positioned as a critical aspect […]

Projects

Karina Vold

Consciousness and Intelligence

Investigating the nature and function of consciousness in humans, animals, and AI. The nature and function of consciousness is one of the most important outstanding problems of human science, and connects closely with ethical issues such as our treatment of animals, the welfare of patients in persistent vegetative states, and even the moral status of […]

Karina Vold

Agents and Persons

This project explores the nature and future of AI agency and personhood, and its impact on our human sense of what it means to be a person. This project has four strands: Models of agency By drawing on work about familiar kinds of non-human agents (eg corporations, or nations), we may learn useful lessons about the […]

Karina Vold

Augmented Intelligence

Exploring how human intelligence, consciousness, and cognition are augmented by the digital technologies we use. What effect is technology having on our intelligence? Socrates argued that it would have a diminishing effect, but recently much philosophical attention has focused on the ways in which technology enhances and extends human cognitive capacities. Even simple technologies, such […]

Karina Vold

The Ethics of Augmentation

This project explores the ethics of technologies aimed at augmenting human intelligence. Humans have a long tradition of augmenting biological capacities through artifacts: running shoes improve our physical capacities, binoculars enhance our vision, and calculators boost our mathematical skills. But the technologies we use are rapidly becoming more sophisticated, more personalized, and even more invasive. […]