Intel Fellow on Stephen Hawking and maximising human potential

Lama Nachman is using AI and other technology to augment the brain with digital assistance.

Lama Nachman is an Intel fellow and director of the company's Anticipatory Computing Lab and is perhaps best known for her work with Professor Stephen Hawking and so called "human cyborg" Peter Scott-Morgan. Her specialism lies in creating contextually-aware experiences via algorithms and applications that understand users through sensing to help people live richer lives. Due to a packed schedule on her side we conducted the following interview over email and the following is a lightly edited version of our exchange.

 

You've been quoted as saying: "The theme that cuts across all of the different research that I'm doing is really how do you amplify human potential and reduce inequity in the society." When did you realise that this was your goal and what was there in your background that you think may have fed into this?  

I think I have always been over sensitised to fairness and it is something that is core to my character. It might come from my early experiences being exposed to injustice in the Middle East as a woman and a Palestinian in diaspora, living in Kuwait. As I grew up, this fairness value became more prominent and started to have more of an impact on my actions.

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