Cennydd Bowles

Design Director

17.25 - 18.00

Future Ethics

Technology is never neutral: it has inevitable social, political, and moral impact. The coming era of connected smart technologies, such as AI, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet of Things, demands trust: trust the tech industry has yet to fully earn. This session will illuminate the ethical questions of emerging technologies and challenge designers and engineers to create more thoughtful, positive products for future generations.

About Cennydd Bowles

Over a fifteen-year career, Cennydd has written a popular book Undercover User Experience Design, headed up the London design team at Twitter, and helped to pioneer the British experience design scene. He now an independent design consultant, and has worked with clients including the BBC, Samsung, WWF, and Ford. 

Cennydd's focus today is the ethics of emerging technology. His thoughts on the topic have been quoted in The Guardian, Ars Technica, The Daily Telegraph, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Forbes; his new book Future Ethics will be published in mid-2018.

Cennydd is an invited speaker at conferences worldwide and was the closing keynote speaker at the 2011 Information Architecture Summit. He runs training workshops and talks on visual design, motion design & prototyping and ethics, for clients including The Financial Times, Orange, Farfetch, and Capital One. He has written for a variety of print and web publications, been a columnist for A List Apart, and edited the book Front-end Style Guides.

Holding an MSc in Information Technology from The University of Nottingham, Cennydd now lives in London with his wife Anna and cat Beemo. He spends his spare time playing chess, cooking, and enjoying cricket, golf, and football. He a frequent away supporter of Cardiff City FC and the Wales national football team.