Tech Ethics Bristol Launch Event – feat Miranda Mowbray

“Bias in AI text processing: Bristolians and Stochastic Parrots”

At The Launch Event, on Friday, April 16th, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, we’ll be introducing what Tech Ethics Bristol is all about, followed by our guest speaker Miranda Mowbray honorary lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Bristol.

About the speaker

Miranda Mowbray has a wealth of experience having worked for more than two decades as a Senior Researcher at Hewlett-Packard.

She is an affiliate scholar of the PiLoTlab tech policy lab at Penn State University and a member of the Advisory Council for the Open Rights Group.

Miranda will be delivering a presentation on “Bias in AI text processing: Bristolians and stochastic parrots”. In this presentation Miranda will talk about the demographic bias that can occur in natural language processing, focusing on the large language models that Emily Bender and Timnit Gebru recently described as “stochastic parrots”.

She will discuss what the AI text-generator GPT-2 associates with Bristolians, and why.

Miranda will also be giving some practical tips on how to deal with something that we might disagree with ethically at work.

Register here.

What Tech Ethics Bristol is about:

Technology is deeply embedded in our society redefining our social interactions, healthcare, education, public policy, jobs and every aspect of our lives.

The use of AI and emerging technologies bring new benefits, but also challenges and ethical concerns about the social implication and potential unintended consequences these technologies can have in our society.

Tech Ethics Bristol is organised by a team of volunteers who are passionate about building a fair and equal society where technology is a catalyst for positive change.

Designing a better future is everyone’s responsibility and we want to create a space for the local and global community to discuss, learn and exchange ideas in an open and inclusive way.

We value a multidisciplinary approach and we welcome businesses, academics, students and people from diverse backgrounds and levels of expertise.

Our events will cover a variety of topics related to Technology and Ethics, including:

Data and Privacy
Algorithmic Fairness
Democracy and Misinformation
Value Alignment and Human Rights
AI Ethics and Governance
Value Sensitive Design
AI and Sustainability
Jobs and Automation

If you would like to be a speaker or suggest a topic for a Meetup, please get in touch with the Meetup organisers:

Karin Rudolph at

Alex Cosgrove at

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