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Michael Thornton

Student Fellow, 2019 - 2020


Michael Thornton is a philosopher of technology and former director of product management in Silicon Valley. He completed a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. His research is focused on how the philosophy of public health can be used to create more effective and ethical technology policy. Currently, he is developing a theory of Informational Wellbeing, a concept that aims to capture how digital information and its use, control, accuracy, and accessibility impact personal wellbeing. Michael is a member of the IEEE working group P7010 Well-being Metrics for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. He holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Cambridge and is currently Product Lead at BIOS which is creating the open standard hardware and software interface between the human nervous system and AI.

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