As the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, the Turing is a “one-stop-shop” for over 400 national and international experts focusing on how data and AI shape and impact our lives today.
We are a national hub that works in partnership with universities, industry and public and third sector organisations, gathering these insights and speaking with a unique and independent voice. We bring an interdisciplinary perspective to some of the most pressing challenges in science, society and the economy that require cross-boundary thinking.
Our strengths lie in marrying technical expertise with an understanding of the wider ethical, legal and policy landscape. Our research covers both the breadth and depth of these critical issues and has been featured in publications such as Nature, Wired, the Financial Times, MIT Technology Review, and New Scientist and on programmes such as BBC local radio and Woman’s Hour, Talking Machines, Guardian science podcast, and the Economist’s Babbage podcast.
Header image of Sandra Wachter in Wired credit Andy Lo Pò
Commentary and research
We provide commentary on a range of topics, including but not limited to:
- Algorithmic bias
- Future of work
- Data ethics
- Defence and cybersecurity
- Misinformation and fake news
- Online hate speech
- Privacy and tech regulation
- Women in data science and AI
- Creativity/art/music and AI
- Robotics and autonomous systems
And we apply our research to many real-life challenges and application areas affecting people today, with some examples being:
- Urban mobility and AI for traffic flow
- Personalised healthcare, genetics and genomics
- Predicting air pollution
- Mental health
- Safer and more efficient data-centric engineering
- Government innovation and usage of data
Our researchers are skilled communicators passionate about leading the public conversation; they offer a balanced view on both the opportunities and challenges around data and AI. They have been featured on the BBC, Wired, NHK World-Japan, Channel News Asia, amongst many others.
If you’re a journalist looking for a background briefing, commentary on breaking news or to interview someone, please contact:
Beth Wood (Senior Media Relations Manager), [email protected] and (0)75 3803 8168.
Mark Burey (Head of Communications and Marketing), [email protected] and (0)75 3803 7757
For urgent enquiries, the press office can be reached during out of office hours on (0)75 3803 7757.
Please note that contacting our press office is the most efficient way to book a spokesperson.
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The BBC asked The Alan Turing Institute to comment on an investigation into reports of algorithmic bias in the UK’s passport renewal service over Summer 2020. Two Turing researchers, David Leslie and Kirstie Whitaker contributed to the story. David commented on the findings and also wrote an explainer on causes of algorithmic bias for the BBC. Kirstie reviewed the code and independently reproduced the BBC’s data journalism, and provided input on the validity of the reported outcomes. In Summer 2021, the reporting received the Royal Statistical Society 'Statistical Excellence in Journalism Award’ for the investigative journalism category.
For more about The Alan Turing Institute, visit our about us page.