Josh Cowls

Writing about the ethics of data and AI; political communication; civic technology; food.

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Josh Cowls

Writing about the ethics of data and AI; political communication; civic technology; food.

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Four Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a PhD

I’m coming to the end of my first year* as a PhD student at Oxford University’s Internet Institute. It has been a challenging year, in…

Deciding how to decide: Six key questions for reducing AI’s democratic deficit

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a “democratic deficit” — and maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise. As Jonnie Penn and others have argued…

“Free Solo” Review: A human-nature documentary as grounded as it is gripping

The extraordinary new documentary Free Solo profiles lifelong climber Alex Honnold as he embarks on an unprecedented feat: scaling Yosemit

Forget elections — the data sharing that keeps me up at night is much more fundamental

Several weeks on from the initial story breaking, we are still feeling the fallout of revelations that data gathered from unwitting…

Building a dAIty

How do you solve a problem like problem-solving?

AI and the “Trolley Problem” Problem

The striking ascent of self-driving cars, from the stuff of sci-fi to a car dealership near you, offers one of the most transformative…

Laws of Unintended Consequence

There are many and varied reasons to be worried about Brexit: exiting the single market, inflaming tensions at the Irish border, and…

Will we become the machine before the machine becomes us?

“The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO becomes us.”

From Trump Tower to the White House, in 140 characters

Last week I presented an overview of my thesis research to an audience at MIT. Below are my prepared remarks; I’ll upload a video of my…

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