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Tom  Phipps PhD Title: 'Embedding Ethical Uncertainty in Algorithmic Decision Making' - October 2019

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In a world which is deferring decisions to algorithmic processes more than ever before, understanding the limits and risks involved with such practices is of considerable importance, particularly where navigating cases of ethical uncertainty has to be undertaken by a machine. Whilst ethics is inherently a human-based analytical process of deciding on the 'right' course of action, it must be considered how effective algorithmic processes will be at making decisions under circumstances of ethical uncertainty. Having explored different ethical concepts in the jurisprudential aspects of my LLB Law degree, the challenging nature of applying ethics to algorithmic decision making was what made me choose to undertake this project at the CRR.

Student Biography: I am a first year PhD student, undertaking my project as part of the SCDTP and the Global Economies and Business Innovation Thematic Cluster Pathway. Prior to starting my PhD, I completed qualifications in LLB Law and MSc Project Management, as well as launching a start-up company through Future Worlds at Southampton. In addition to studying, I am also a Coordinator for the Bloomberg Trading Suite as well as a Demonstrator within the Business School.

Supervisors: Dr Max Chipulu, Dr Alasdair Marshall, Dr Sebastian Stein

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