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Ethics is the new Quality

I took part in the first panel at the BSI conference The Digital World: Artificial Intelligence.  The subject of the panel was AI Governance and Ethics. My co-panelist was Emma Carmel, and we wer...
30 May 2021, by

On sustainable robotics

The climate emergency brooks no compromise: every human activity or artefact is either part of the solution or it is part of the problem.I've worried about the sustainability of consumer electronics f...
20 April 2021, by

Chad Jenkins’ talk – That Ain’t Right: AI Mistakes and Black Lives (with video)

In this technical talk, Chad Jenkins from the University of Michigan posed the following question: "who will pay the cost for the likely mistakes and potential misuse of AI systems?" As he states, "we...
16 March 2021, by

Ethics of connected and automated vehicles

The European Commission has published a report by an independent group of experts on Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs). This report advises on specific ethical issues raised by driverl...
11 March 2021, by and

The future of robotics research: Is there room for debate?

By Brian Wang, Sarah Tang, Jaime Fernandez Fisac, Felix von Drigalski, Lee Clement, Matthew Giamou, Sylvia Herbert, Jonathan Kelly, Valentin Pertroukhin, and Florian Shkurti As the field of robotic...

Shaping the UK’s future with smart machines: Findings from four ThinkIns with academia, industry, policy, and the public

The UK Robotics Growth Partnership (RGP) aims to set the conditions for success to empower the UK to be a global leader in Robotics and Autonomous Systems whilst delivering a smarter, safer, more pros...
18 December 2020, by


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Should robots be gendered? comments on Alan Winfield’s opinion piece

The gendering of robots is something I’ve found fascinating since I first started building robots out of legos with my brother. We all ascribe character to robots, consciously or not, even when we u...
10 December 2020, by and

Why we need a robot registry

Robots are rolling out into the real world and we need to meet the emerging challenges in responsible fashion but one that doesn’t block innovation. At the recent ARM Developers Summit 2020 I sh...
26 November 2020, by

Why ethical robots might not be such a good idea after all

Last week my colleague Dieter Vanderelst presented our paper: The Dark Side of Ethical Robots at AIES 2018 in New Orleans....
08 February 2018, by

3Q: Daron Acemoglu on technology and the future of work

By Meg Murphy K. Daron Acemoglu, the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT, is a leading thinker on the labor market implications of artificial intelligence, robotics, automation,...
02 February 2018, by

Best practices in designing effective roadmaps for robotics innovation

In the past decade, countries and regions around the globe have developed strategic roadmaps to guide investment and development of robotic technology. Roadmaps from the US, South Korea, Japan and EU ...
22 January 2018, by and

A round up of robotics and AI ethics: part 1 principles

This blogpost is a round up of the various sets of ethical principles of robotics and AI that have been proposed to date, ordered by date of first publication. The principles are presented here (in fu...
09 January 2018, by

Overview of the International Conference on Robot Ethics and Safety Standards – with survey on autonomous cars

The International Conference on Robot Ethics and Safety Standards (ICRESS-2017) took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 20th to 21st October 2017. Maria Isabel Aldinhas Ferreira and João Silva Sequeira ...
26 October 2017, by

How artificial intelligence will transform higher education

As AI surpasses human abilities in Go and poker – two decades after Deep Blue trounced chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov – it is seeping into our lives in ever more profound ways. It affects the wa...
09 August 2017, by and

Is AI powered government worth it?

From the Australian government’s new “data-driven profiling” trial for drug testing welfare recipients, to US law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology and the deployment of propr...
27 July 2017, by

China’s appetite now focused on artificial intelligence

China has recently announced their long-term goal to become #1 in A.I. by 2030. They plan to grow their A.I. industry to over $22 billion by 2020, $59 billion by 2025 and $150 billion by 203...
27 July 2017, by

Asimov’s Laws won’t stop robots harming humans so we’ve developed a better solution

By Christoph Salge, Marie Curie Global Fellow, University of Hertfordshire How do you stop a robot from hurting people? Many existing robots, such as those assembling cars in factories, shut down ...
17 July 2017, by

IROS Workshop: Best practices in designing roadmaps for robotics innovation

Join us at the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) for a full day workshop that will bring together international stakeholders in robotics to examine ...
16 July 2017, by and

Survey: Examining perceptions of autonomous vehicles using hypothetical scenarios

I'm examining the perception of autonomous cars using hypothetical scenarios. Each of the hypothetical scenarios is accompanied with an image to help illustrate the scene -- using grey tones and nonde...
26 June 2017, by

Helping or hacking? Engineers and ethicists must work together on brain-computer interface technology

A subject plays a computer game as part of a neural security experiment at the University of Washington. Patrick Bennett, CC BY-ND By Eran Klein, University of Washington and Katherine Pratt, Unive...
22 June 2017, by

No more playing games: AlphaGo AI to tackle some real world challenges

Humankind lost another important battle with artificial intelligence (AI) last month when AlphaGo beat the world’s leading Go player Ke Jie by three games to zero. AlphaGo is an AI program develo...
08 June 2017, by

AI for Good Global Summit welcomes “new frontier” for sustainable development

The world's brightest minds in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and humanitarian action will meet with industry leaders and academia at the AI for Good Global Summit, 7-9 June 2017, to discuss how AI will...
07 June 2017, by

Europe regulates robotics: Summer school brings together researchers and experts in robotics

After a successful 2016 first edition, our next summer school cohort on The Regulation of Robotics in Europe: Legal, Ethical and Economic Implications will take place in Pisa at the Scuola Sant’An...
01 June 2017, by

Artificial intelligence: Europe needs a “human in command approach,” says EESC

The EU must pursue a policy that ensures the development, deployment and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe in favor, and not conducive to the detriment, acts of society and social welfare,...

The sunny side of the roboconomy in the Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa's youthful, fast-urbanizing population are perfectly placed to embrace technology and reap the rewards of the Fourth Industrial Revolution....
24 May 2017, by

On the future of human-centered robotics

Science and technology are essential tools for innovation, and to reap their full potential, we also need to articulate and solve the many aspects of today’s global issues that are rooted in the pol...
16 May 2017, by

Thoughts on the EU’s draft report on robotics

I was asked to write a short op-ed on the European Parliament Law Committee's recommendations on civil law rules for robotics. In the end, the piece didn't get published, so I am posting it here:...
08 May 2017, by

Does AI pose a threat to society?

Last week I had the pleasure of debating the question "does AI pose a threat to society?" with friends and colleagues Christian List, Maja Pantic and Samantha Payne. The event was organised by the B...
03 May 2017, by

Why it’s difficult to trust robots

Robots raise all kinds of concerns. They could steal our jobs, as some experts think. And if artificial intelligence grows, it might even be tempted to enslave us, or to annihilate the whole of humani...
19 April 2017, by

The legal issues of robotics

Robots are the technology of the future. But the current legal system is incapable of handling them. This generic statement is often the premise for considerations about the possibility of awarding ri...
06 April 2017, by







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