Robert Elliott Smith – AI Expert
Dr Robert Elliott Smith PhD FRSA is an expert in evolutionary algorithms, a researcher, a practitioner in A.I. with 30 years’ experience, and the author of Rage Inside the Machine: The Prejudice of Algorithms, and How to Stop the Internet Making Bigots of Us All. He has helped create software systems that learn fighter jet manoeuvres, describe immune system behaviour, reveal emotion in financial markets, and suggest how social networks propagate political polarisation. He has conducted research projects for Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, NASA, Boeing, NSF, EPSRC, the European Union, British Aerospace, Airbus, and British Telecom. He grew up in Alabama during desegregation bussing, and those life experiences inform his perspective on how algorithmic bias can affect society. He is the CTO of BOXARR Ltd., a fellow of the RSA, and a member of the Computer Science Faculty at UCL, where he helped found The Centre for Decision-Making Uncertainty.