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Dr Sarah Dillon

Project Leader and Senior Research Fellow

Biography

Dr Sarah Dillonis Programme Director of the AI: Narratives and Justice Programme at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, and a University Lecturer in Literature and Film in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. Dr Dillon is a scholar of contemporary literature, film and philosophy, with a research focus on the epistemological function and role of fictional narratives, and on the engaged humanities. Her work is situated at fields of intersection and interconnection – between disciplines, and between sectors – and interrogates those sites in order to theorise and perform the specific modes of thought and knowledge offered by stories, and by the humanities. She is currently preparing two monographs arising out of the AI Narratives research. Listen: Taking Stories Seriously, co-authored with Claire Craig, makes a case for the value of attention to stories, and the importance of understanding their functions and effects, in the context of high-level decision-making and policy-making. Narrative Knowledge: Literature and Artificial Intelligence, investigates the role of literature in artificial intelligence research, addressing how AI researchers are influenced by literature, what direct roles literature plays in AI research, and how AI fiction imagines the role of literature in AI research and development. The book will demonstrate the contribution the study of literature makes to academic and public discussion of the social and ethical implications of AI.
 
Dr Dillon is author of The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory(Bloomsbury 2007) and Deconstruction, Feminism, Film(Edinburgh University Press 2018). She is editor of David Mitchell: Critical Essays(Gylphi 2011), and co-editor of Maggie Gee: Critical Essays(Gylphi 2015) and AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines(Oxford University Press 2020). She is Chair of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies and General Editor of the book series Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays. Dr Dillon was a 2013 BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinker and regularly works as a literary broadcaster across BBC Radio 3 and 4.

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