Joanna Shields philanthropy Joanna Shields, Baroness

"Technology is more than just chips and algorithms; it is a tool for human ingenuity to shape a better future. Over the past four decades, my journey has taken me from the offices of global tech giants to parliamentary chambers and to the forefront of AI-driven advancements in bio-pharma as the CEO of BenevolentAI. Throughout my career, I have been driven by a vision of harnessing technology for the greater good. I founded Precognition to capitalize on the transformative potential of AI and its ability to offer insights and solutions that were once beyond our reach. As the pace of AI development accelerates, the world will face new challenges in implementing this powerful technology in our lives. Precognition aims to support leaders in overcoming these obstacles and driving progress towards an AI-enabled future. One of the most pressing challenges in AI today is the lack of regulation to ensure safe and responsible innovation. As the inaugural co-chair of the steering committee of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) from 2020 to 2022, I led efforts to bring together the world's leading experts, academics, tech companies, and governments to promote responsible and ethical AI development. I continue to champion this cause as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on the Future of AI, the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, the Global Tech Thinkers Group, and the Council on Foreign Relations.”

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“We must ensure that the AI we are building is magnanimous, not malevolent. That bias is kept in check and that the future serves us all equally.”

Baroness Joanna Shields OBE
1 Baroness Joanna Shields speaks as a panelist at Fortune Brainstorm AI London
2 Harnessing AI’s Potential to Protect Children Online
AI For Good: AI and the Transformation of Humanity and Civilization
BenevolentAI - AI-Enabled Drug Discovery
First Move Looks at Rise of AI

Portfolio Projects & Memberships

Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance

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The challenge of using AI for good governance urgently concerns public policy, administration and politics in democracies across the world. The goal of the Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance is to develop principles and practical policy recommendations to ensure the democratic use of AI for good governance.
The Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance will investigate the procurement and implementation challenges surrounding the use of AI for good governance faced by democracies around the world, identify best practices for evaluating and managing risks and benefits, and recommend strategies in an effort to take full advantage of technological capacities while mitigating potential harms of AI-enabled public policy.
Drawing from input from experts across a wide range of geographic regions and areas of expertise, including stakeholders from government, industry, technical and civil society, OxCAIGG will bring forward applicable and relevant recommendations for the use of AI for good governance.

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Tech City.

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We help start-up and scale-up digital tech companies accelerate their growth through a series of programmes, research and events aimed at boosting the number of high-growth businesses in the UK, raising the profile of the sector, and providing a feedback loop from business to government to help shape policy. We also work to eliminate the issues that hold back startups such as skills and access to finance.
Our story began in Shoreditch in 2010, launched by the then Prime Minister David Cameron, to support the East London tech cluster known as London Tech City or Silicon Roundabout. Since then we’ve been on a journey and have spread our activities to cover other parts of the UK including setting up Tech North to run programmes across the North of England.

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