Dr. Annette Zimmermann is a political philosopher working on the ethics of algorithmic decision-making, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Additional research interests include moral philosophy (particularly the ethics of risk and uncertainty) and legal philosophy (the philosophy of punishment), as well as the philosophy of science (models, explanation, abstraction).
Zimmermann’s current research project ("The Algorithmic Is Political") explores how disproportionate distributions of risk and uncertainty associated with the use of emerging technologies like AI and machine learning impact democratic values like equality and justice.
Zimmermann is a permanent Lecturer (US equivalent: Assistant Professor) in Philosophy at the University of York, and they conducted their postdoctoral research at Princeton University. Zimmermann holds a DPhil (PhD) and MPhil from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College and St Cross College), as well as a BA from the Freie Universität Berlin. They have held visiting positions at Stanford University, the Australian National University, Yale University, and SciencesPo Paris. They have worked with policy-makers at the OECD, UNESCO, the UK Parliament, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the German Aerospace Center and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, as well as the UK Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. They tweet at @DrZimmermann.