Kay Firth-Butterfield

Associate Fellow


Kay Firth-Butterfield is 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 Project Head of AI and ML at the World Economic Forum based at the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francsico. She is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of the Robert E. Strauss Center on international Security and Law at the University of Texas. She is Vice-Chair of the IEEE Initiative on Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems. Kay co-founded AI-Austin, AI-Global and the Consortium for Law and Policy of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. She is the former Chief Officer, and member, of the Lucid.ai Ethics Advisory Panel. Kay taught “Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies: Law and Policy” at the University of Texas Law School. Kay is a humanitarian with a strong sense of social justice and has advanced degrees in Law and International Relations. She has advised governments, think tanks and non-profits about artificial intelligence, law and policy. She thinks about how AI and other emerging technologies will impact business and society, including how business can prepare for that impact in its internal planning and external interaction with customers and other stakeholders and how society will be affected by these technologies. Kay speaks regularly to international audiences addressing many aspects of these challenging changes.

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