Tom Philbeck

AIEI Board of Advisors; SWIFT Partners

Tom Philbeck is managing director at Swiss Foresight and Technology (SWIFT) Partners, a Geneva-based consultancy focused on helping organizations to sustainably integrate emerging technologies. He is also a senior fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. The former head of technology, society, and policy at the World Economic Forum, Philbeck led the Forum’s project and content work on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, disseminating insights into global technology development with government, industry, civil society, and research stakeholders.

He currently serves on the advisory board of the EU’s Horizon 2020 TechEthos project and is part of the IEEE's standards working group for AI Governance. He also acts as a senior advisor to the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA). Philbeck strives to bring a variety of perspectives from global stakeholders to bear on emerging and impactful technosocial issues.

Featured Work

OCT 19, 2021 Article

Why the Social Contract Must Become the Technosocial Contract

The human condition is a technological condition. Technologies are at the heart of how we live together, understand ourselves, make meaning, know the world around ...

OCT 19, 2021 Article

Let’s Start a Conversation About the Technosocial Contract

The last 30 years have seen a rising tide of technological mediation of individual lives. Half of the planet has Internet access, and international organizations are ...