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Hessy Elliott

Hessy Elliott

Researcher, Nesta


Hessy is a Researcher in Nesta's Research, Analysis and Policy team. She recently curated an essay collection on AI in China which explores the practical applications, ethical implications and motivations behind China’s use of AI in public services.

Prior to Nesta, Hessy worked at RefuAid, a charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK to overcome the barriers to accessing education and employment. She led RefuAid’s Language Programme, establishing a network of partnerships with private language schools and civil society groups to enable clients to access high quality English language tuition.

Hessy has a Master’s in International Politics from SOAS University of London and an undergraduate degree in French and Portuguese from the University of Oxford.

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China and AI: What the World Can Learn and What It Should Be Wary of

China announced in 2017 its ambition to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. While the US still leads in absolute terms, China appears to be making more rapid progress than...

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