Claire Benn

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I am a post-doctoral fellow on the Humanising Machine Intelligence Grand Challenge project at the Australian National University (where I have been awarded the John Vincent Fellowship). I completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Polonsky Academy of Advanced Study at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, after having received my PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge in 2014.

Research interests

My main areas of research are ethics,  both normative and applied, and the philosophy of technology.

My current project focuses on creating ethical machine intelligence: on both developing the theoretical framework necessary to understand the challenges and opportunities that AI affords and designing technology to implement my findings. Through working with other philosophers, as well as social and computer scientists, the Humanising Machine Intelligence project will progress through discovery, foundations and design to reshape our understanding of what it means to be ethical in the age of machine intelligences.



BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)

Expertise Areas

  • History and Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
  • Ethical Theory


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