The Walls Have Eyes: Surviving Migration in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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The Walls Have Eyes with Petra Molnar

This event is a collaboration between the BRAID (Bridging Responsible AI Divides) Programme, the Edinburgh Futures Institute’s Centre for Technomoral Futures, and the Law School at the University of Edinburgh.

Join us as we hear from Petra Molnar on her new book, The Walls Have Eyes: Surviving Migration in the Age of Artificial Intelligence! This book lays out a global story of the sharpening of borders through technological experiments, reflecting on 6 years of on-the-ground work, while introducing strategies of togetherness across physical and ideological borders.

Speaker Biographies

Petra Molnar is a lawyer and researcher specializing in migration, technology, and human rights. She has worked on forced migration and refugee issues since 2008 as a settlement worker, researcher, and lawyer and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto and an LL.M. specializing in International Law from the University of Cambridge. She co-runs the Refugee Law Lab at York University and is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Her study of the human rights impacts of AI and automated technologies on migration control is presented in her new book The Walls Have Eyes: Surviving Migration in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

Dr John Zerilli (chair) is a philosopher with interests in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and the law. He is the Chancellor’s Fellow (Assistant Professor) in AI, Data, and the Rule of Law at the University of Edinburgh, a Research Associate in the Oxford Institute for Ethics in AI at the University of Oxford, and an Associate Fellow in the Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. Before taking up his current post, he was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was also called to the Sydney bar in 2011. His published work appears in such journals as Philosophy of Science, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and Synthese. His two most recent books are The Adaptable Mind (Oxford University Press, 2020) and A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence (MIT Press, 2021).


Running Order

16.00 – Welcome from Dr John Zerilli

16.10 – Talk by Petra Molnar

16.40 – Q&A

17.00 – End

In-person: Inspace, 1 Crichton St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9AB
Online: Zoom

During her visit, Petra will also be leading a masterclass on AI Ethnography. You can find out more about the masterclass here: Petra Molnar: AI Ethnography Masterclass Tickets, Wed, Jun 26, 2024 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite


Please note limited seats are available at Inspace for in-person audiences, so please book tickets in advance. For those joining online please visit the online event page for the Zoom joining link and password.

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