Silicon Republic May 24, 2023
Rebecca Graham

AI ethics researcher Nell Watson discusses the challenges of regulating an industry that is developing at ‘breakneck speed’.

“We have clearly entered a new era,” says Nell Watson, who researches artificial intelligence (AI) and describes herself as an “ethics scientist, AI philosopher and advocate”.

Watson first became interested in machine learning “as part of working to solve machine vision problems to enable body measurement using a camera”. She co-founded QuantaCorp, a mobile body-sizing platform that was acquired by BodiData in 2022.

When, in about 2014, new deep learning techniques enabled the company to train a system to isolate a person from a background in order to take measurements, Watson realised AI “was going to change the world”.

However, it was...

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