Advocating for the LGBTQ+ community in AI research

Tom Simonite

Deep Mind

Jun 1, 2022

Research scientist, Kevin McKee

Research scientist, Kevin McKee, tells how his early love of science fiction and social psychology inspired his career, and how he’s helping advance research in ‘queer fairness’, support human-AI collaboration, and study the effects of AI on the LGBTQ+ community.

How did you first get interested in AI?

The signs were clear, right from the start. I’ve always loved science fiction. I couldn’t tell you how many times I read and reread Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot as a kid. These short stories explore the psychology of Asimov’s fictional robots, frequently using them as a mirror to uncover insights about the human mind. I was completely enthralled.

It’s no surprise that I took an early interest in psychological science. In elementary school, I often tried running controlled psychology experiments for my science projects. Looking back, I’m not sure how successful I was with those experiments, but they led me to my studies in psychology and neuroscience – and then eventually to DeepMind.

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