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Luciano Floridi

Oxford Information Futurist: Luciano Floridi

Before Copernicus we thought we were at the centre of the universe, before Darwin we thought we were at the centre of the animal kingdom, before Freud we through we were fully conscious and acted on the basis of reason, but where are we now? Luciano Floridi believes we are entering a fourth revolution which he calls The Turing Revolution. Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is the Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute, Governing Body Fellow of St Cross College, Distinguished Research Fellow of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, and Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy of the Department of Computer Science.

Outside Oxford, he is Adjunct Professor of the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C. He is an international expert on the philosophy and ethics of information, two research areas he has contributed to establish. He is currently member of Google Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten” and in 2012-13, he was Chairman of EU Commission’s “Onlife Initiative” project.

His most recent books are: The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Ethics of Information (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Philosophy of Information (Oxford University Press, 2011), The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (editor, Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Information: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is Editor in Chief of Philosophy & Technology and of the Philosophical Studies book series (Springer).

Among his recognitions, he has been elected Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow by the European University Institute; awarded the Cátedras de Excelencia Prize by the University Carlos III of Madrid, was the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics and Gauss Professor of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. He is a recipient of the APA’s Barwise Prize, the IACAP’s Covey Award, and the INSEIT’s Weizenbaum Award. He is an AISB and BCS.

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Adrian has many hats within R&D since starting with BBC over 14yrs ago. He led the successful creation of R&D’s presence at MediaCityUK, Salford and continues to do so as Head of BBC R&D North Lab. He leads the organisations research focused on future of User Experience, working with engineers and scientists focused on the changing relationships between content, audience and technology. Adrian also oversees the BBC Connected Studio initiative to deliver open innovation for BBC working with digital companies and academia across the UK and is also joint head of BBC Taster; the public-facing platform that invites our audiences to try, rate and share the latest digital pilots from across the BBC, showcasing a range of digital innovation tools, techniques and content. In a previous life, Adrian worked as an application specialist in motion capture for visual effects and games industries at Vicon, with BT labs and a number of start-ups. He also worked as a software developer in motion capture at Argonaut Technology, part of Argonaut Games. Finally, Adrian holds the only UK PhD in “Animatronics” from University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne which was sponsored by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

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