Dr. Julie Carpenter is a research scientist based in San Francisco and a Research Fellow in California Polytechnic State University’s Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, a non-partisan organization focused on the risk, ethical, and social impact of emerging sciences and technologies. Her work typically uses ethnographic research methods as a lens to explore sociocultural influences on human behaviors such as trust, decision-making, and emotional attachment with AI in its many forms. Projects include collaborating with VICE on Q, the world’s first gender-neutral voice for use with technology. In 2019, Q won the Glass Lion for Change and three bronze Lions in audio categories at Cannes. Carpenter made the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics List in 2019 and 2020 and was part of the Women in AI Ethics (WAIE) Council; in 2020 she spearheaded the Roles & Rights dimension of the WAIE Ethical Framework. She also authored the 2014 book A war story: Culture and human robot interaction in militarized spaces (Ashgate/Routledge).
Carpenter is currently working on her next book, The naked android: Synthetic socialness and the human gaze (CRC Press).