In this video lecture, IEEE Fellow Raja Chatila shares his views on why roboticists are duty-bound to educate the wider public on the state of advanced robotics, and also to understand the consequences of their own research and the potential commercialisation of it.
A major new sci-fi movie, Automata, promises to not only provide a feast for the eyes (see below for a clip from the film), but an overdue opportunity to spotlight some of the ethical dilemmas arising from autonomous systems.
Human-robot interaction is a fascinating field of research in robotics. It also happens to be the field that is closely related to many of the ethical concerns raised with regards to interactive robots. Should human-robot interaction (HRI) practitioners keep in mind things such as human dignity, psychological harm, and privacy? What about how robot design relates to racism and sexism?
On the 23 and 24th of October researchers in cognitive systems will meet in Brighton to discuss the social and ethical implications of their work. The conference is organized by EUCognition, the European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics, and the objective is to provide a forum to share the different perceptions about what the effects of our research will be – preferably before we face the consequences.We have included an online component of the conference so that we might include different voices in the discussion: #robotsandyou is a platform to post questions and comments on the social and ethical aspects of cognitive systems (people can also participate through Twitter using the hashtag #robotsandyou).