Dr Kanta Dihal

Lecturer in Science Communication at Imperial College London


Dr Kanta Dihal is a Senior Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. She currently leads the Cambridge branch of ‘Desirable Digitalisation’, an international research collaboration that investigates intercultural perspectives on AI and fundamental rights and values. In her research, she focuses on the stories we tell about artificial intelligence across cultures, and how they help us think about ethics and bias in new technologies. She has a PhD in science communication from the University of Oxford: in her thesis, ‘The Stories of Quantum Physics,’ she investigated the communication of conflicting interpretations of quantum physics to adults and children.

Kanta is co-editor of the books AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (2020) and Imagining AI: How the World Sees Intelligent Machines (2023) with Oxford University Press. She has co-authored a series of papers on AI narratives with Dr Stephen Cave, including ‘The Whiteness of AI’ (Philosophy and Technology, 2020), and is currently writing the monograph Stories in Superposition. She has advised organizations including the World Economic Forum, the UK House of Lords, the G20, and the United Nations on portrayals and perceptions of AI.