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Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson CITP FBCS FICS FIAP FIKE FRSA FRSS FCMI FLS is a Machine Intelligence engineer who worked to pioneer Deep Machine Vision at her company QuantaCorp, which enables fast and accurate body measurement from just two photos. 

In sharing her knowledge as AI Faculty at Singularity University and author of Machine Intelligence courseware for O’Reilly Media, she realised the importance of protecting human rights and putting ethics, safety, and the values of human spirit into A.I.

Nell serves as Chair & Vice-Chair respectively of the IEEE’s ECPAIS Transparency Experts Focus Group, and P7001 Transparency of Autonomous Systems committee on AI Ethics & Safety, engineering credit score-like mechanisms to safeguard algorithmic trust. 

She also chairs EthicsNet.org, a community teaching pro-social behaviours to machines, CulturalPeace.org, crafting Geneva Conventions-style rules for cultural conflict, and Pacha.org, connecting a network of service providers to help enable the automated accounting of externalities such as pollution.

Nell serves as Senior Scientific Advisor to The Future Society at Harvard, and holds Fellowships from the British Computing Society, and Royal Statistical Society, among others.

Her public speaking has inspired audiences to work towards a brighter future at venues such as The World Bank, The United Nations General Assembly, and The Royal Society.

A powerful, informative, innovative thoughtful and thoroughly-inspiring presentation.
— N.I. Chamber
Wow! What an inspiring presentation: thought-provoking and enjoyable.
— Emma Kieran
Thank you for the impeccable presentation. You are an amazing speaker and the entire audience was spellbound listening to you talk.
— Dina Bassel
Rare to hear an AI expert with such profound cultural & social understanding as Nell Watson
— Mikko Jarvenpaa
The energy levels at the event were sky high; fantastic feedback from attendees. It was a genuinely provocative, and brilliantly presented talk - you could hear a pin drop in the room.
— Ian Richardson
We were very happy with Nell Watson. She was really impressive with many pertinent examples, and really thought about what would be relevant to us. Very happy with it!
— Suzanne Janse, Elsevier
Nell Watson blew the whole crowd away with intelligence, humanity, insight, and complex thinking. Just epic. The world needs more Nell.
— Pete Trainor
Amazing presentation by @NellWatson. Her lessons for the future have left me both humbled and inspired.
— Jenny Sprackling
Shout out to futurist, Nell Watson, who delivered an incredibly captivating and polished keynote that had the attention of the whole auditorium.
— Tim Parfitt
What an amazing finish by @NellWatson. Too many amazing ideas! An absolute inspiration.
— Daniel Harvey
Best presentation of the whole day. THE most amazing, inspiring speaker, with a smart, eloquent call for a renaissance of the heart. Thank you!
— Jamie Jefferson
Nell put each person in an envelope in which knowledge and insights have been lavishly scattered around. The interview afterwards also testified of expertise. Giving a talk is one thing; giving a Q &A afterwards and giving new insights is something else. In a busy world full of stimuli and speed, Nell’s talk was a relief, a resting point, a moment of pure contemplation
— Mieke Vandewaetere