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John C. Havens

The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Executive Director

John C. Havens is Executive Director of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, which has two primary outputs – the creation and iteration of a body of work known as Ethically Aligned Design. A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and the identification and recommendation of ideas for Standards Projects focused on prioritizing ethical considerations in A/IS. Currently there are fourteen approved Standards Working Groups in the IEEE P7000™ series.

John is also the Executive Director of The Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI), a program created by The IEEE Standards Association and The MIT Media lab to proliferate the ideals of responsible participant design, data agency and metrics of economic prosperity prioritizing people and the planet over profit and productivity.

Previously, John was an EVP of Social Media at Porter Novelli where he worked with clients including P&G, Gillette, HP, and Merck among others. He was also a professional actor for over 15 years and appeared in principal roles on Broadway, TV and film.