Karina Vold

Assistant Professor
VC 313, Victoria College, 91 Charles St. W., University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
416 946–8788


Fields of Study


Karina Vold works at the intersection of Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Applied Ethics. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Toronto and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from McGill University. Before joining the IHPST, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligen
ce at the University of Cambridge.

In her recent work, Vold has written on the implications of theories of extended cognition, on responsible innovation in online therapy, and on the capabilities and risks of AI. Her current projects include researching the effects of AI on human cognition and autonomy, understanding the harms arising from targeted online ‘nudging’, evaluating arguments for existential threats from AI, and building frameworks for the ethical design of AI systems.


Selected Publications

Calvo, R., Peters, D., Vold, K., and Ryan, R. 2020. Supporting human autonomy in AI systems: A framework for ethical enquiry. Philosophical Studies Series. C. Burr and L. Floridi (Eds.).

Peters, D., Vold, K., Robinson, D., and R. Calvo. 2020. Responsible AI – two frameworks for ethical design practice. IEEE Transactions: Technology & Society Vol 1, Issue 1.*Vold, K. and D. Schlimm. 2020. Extended Mathematical Cognition: External representations with non-derived content. Synthese, 197(9), 3757-3777.

Allen, C., Vold, K., Felson, G., Blumenthal-Barby, J., and E. Aharoni. 2019. Reconciling the opposing effects of neurobiological evidence on criminal sentencing judgments. PLoS ONE. 14(1): e0210584.

Vold, K. and J. Whittlestone. 2019. Privacy, autonomy, personalized targeting: Rethinking how personal data is used. Volume on Data, Privacy, and the Individual in the Digital Age, C. Véliz (Ed.). *

Cave, S., Nyrup, R., Vold, K., and A. Weller. 2019. Motivations and Risks of Machine Ethics. Proceedings of the IEEE: Machine Ethics: the design and governance of ethical AI and autonomous systems. 107(3): 562-574.

Shevlin, H., Vold, K., Crosby, M., and M. Halina. 2019. The Limits of Machine Intelligence. EMBO Report: e49177.

Vold, K. 2018. Overcoming deadlock: Scientific and ethical reasons to embrace the Extended Mind. Philosophy and Society. 29(4): 471-646.

Vold, K. 2015. The Parity Argument for Extended Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies. 22: 16-33.