Jess Whittlestone

University of Cambridge

Jess Whittlestone is a postdoctoral research associate at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence focused on the societal and policy implications of AI. She was the lead author on a report recently published with the Nuffield Foundation, “Ethical and Societal Implications of AI, Data, and Algorithms”, which synthesises existing work on these issues across different disciplines, and outlines a roadmap for future research. She is also particularly interested in how we can use foresight to better anticipate how advances in AI will impact society in future, so that research and policymaking are not simply reactive. Jess has a PhD in Behavioural Science from the University of Warwick, and a first class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University. Previously, Jess worked for the Behavioural Insights Team, where she advised various government departments on improving their use of behavioural science, evidence, and evaluation methods, with a particular focus on foreign policy and security.