Annette Zimmermann is a political philosopher working on the ethics and politics of AI and machine learning.
During 2020/21, Dr Zimmermann is a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at Harvard University.
Before joining the University of York Department of Philosophy, Dr Zimmermann was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University (2018 to 2020), with a joint appointment at the Center for Human Values and the Center for Information Technology Policy. Prior to that, Dr Zimmermann was awarded a DPhil from Nuffield College at the University of Oxford, for work focusing on contemporary analytic political and moral philosophy - in particular, democratic decision-making, justice, and risk.
Dr Zimmermann's research has been published in Philosophy and Public Affairs and her recent public writing has appeared in the New Statesman and in the Boston Review.
AI does not exist in a moral and political vacuum. Technological models interact dynamically with the social world, including larger-scale patterns of injustice. How we deal with this problem is a moral and political choice.
Dr Zimmermann's current research explores questions like: what is algorithmic injustice, and how do its effects compound over time? What role do risk and uncertainty play in this context? What does it mean to trust AI? Whose voices should we prioritize in collective decisions about AI design and deployment - and whose voices are currently excluded? Whose rights are most at risk? How can we place AI under meaningful democratic control - and would that solve the problem of algorithmic injustice?