I am philosopher of science, working at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and the Department of HPS. Before coming to Cambridge, I did a PhD at Durham University.
My research looks at the role of different kinds of reasoning in science (e.g. analogical, explanatory, diagnostic) and how values can and should influence scientific research. I am especially interested in reasoning related to pursuitworthiness, i.e., reasoning about which hypotheses or models to prioritise for further testing and development. Although I am interested in how these questions play out across the sciences, I have particular interests in the philosophy of archaeology, artificial intelligence and medicine.
At CFI, I am currently looking at ethical and epistemic issues arising when AI systems are used to automate decision making. Many commentators have worried that such systems risk making biased or value-laden decisions in ways that are opaque or unexplainable to humans. My research seeks to analyse and explicate these complaints. I am interested in what kinds of “transparency” and “explainability” are relevant in this context and how these can help manage bias and value-ladenness in automated decision making.