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Michael Thornton

Student Fellow

Biography

Michael Thornton is a philosopher of technology and former director of product management in Silicon Valley. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of 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.

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