The Devil in the Dark


Dave Snowden
Cognitive Edge, CSO & Founder

Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales.  His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making.  He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.  He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. 

He holds positions extra-ordinary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as well as visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales.   He has held similar positions at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Canberra University, the University of Warwick and The University of Surrey.  He held the position of senior fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore during a sabbatical period in Nanyang.


Carbon and silicon while they have similarities are not the same thing. Understanding the impact of training datasets on AI and machine learning is increasingly a political as well as a technical issue. Issues of epistemic justice and wider ethical issues about the adoption of AI require us, to quote Lincoln, to "think anew, act anew". This presentation will look at both the theoretical framing of the issues and the practical implications.