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Histories of Artificial Intelligence: A Genealogy of Power


Jonnie Penn is a historian of information technology, activist, and public speaker. He is a Research Affiliate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where he serves as a co-organiser and postdoc of the Histories of AI Sawyer Seminar. His doctoral dissertation 'Inventing Intelligence' explores the deep historical relationships between notions of efficiency and authority in the history and philosophy of computer science, artificial intelligence, and management science. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (First Class Honours) and McGill University.

Penn is also an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, a Research Fellow at St. Edmund’s College and Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. He was formerly a MIT Media Lab Assembly Fellow, Google Technology Policy Fellow, Fellow of the British National Academy of Writing, and popular broadcaster.

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