Alix Rübsaam

Singularity Expert: Fellow Philosophy of Technology, Artificial Intelligence

Alix Rübsaam is a researcher in philosophy of technology, cultural analysis, and posthumanism. For her doctoral research at the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) she researches the collaboration between human and nonhuman (technological) agents at the intersection of humans and computational systems. As a Singularity Expert, Fellow at Singularity University she investigates the societal and cultural impact of exponential technologies. Her focus is on changing ideas about humanity in technological contexts such as Artificial Intelligence, (autonomous) robotics, information technologies, and digital environments. Additionally, Alix has written about cyberpunk and science fiction literature, autonomous weapon systems, and embodied robotics. She has an MA in Cultural Analysis and has graduated from Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program in 2015.Alix’ current research centres around two large scale projects. The first of these is a deep dive on algorithmic bias and exclusion. Within this project, the aim is to raise awareness about the impact of automated decision-making algorithms, to explicate how decisions made in the design process can lead to unwanted and biased outcomes, and to empower leaders to build AI that is equitable, fair, and just. The second project comprises an analysis of the digitalisation of information, its effects on decision making, and on ethics. The purpose of this project is to reposition decision makers vis-à-vis the way they inform themselves, to investigate and challenge computational paradigms, and to envision an approach to ethics that befits 21st century dilemmas.