The time of robotic deception is rapidly approaching. We are being bombarded regarding the inherent ethical dangers of the approaching robotics and AI revolution, but far less concern has been expressed about the potential for robots to deceive human beings.
If digital technologies can be designed to maintain or sustain values, then the same technologies can be designed to manipulate or undermine those same values.
Developers face a conundrum when launching software that must be equipped to make a moral judgment. Algorithms are being programmed to make consequential decisions that align with laws and moral sensibilities.
When thanks to drone use soldiers rarely come home in body bags, members of the public are not often prompted to care about or even notice military activity half a world away.
Where did the privacy slippery slope begin? Or perhaps asking the question with more focus, when did we start trading… Read More
Pillar 2 is focused on professional and research ethics, ethics in the development of technologies, ethics in the context of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Technology, as well as engineering ethics education.
The future as depicted in works of science fiction, especially of the multiplex variety, is almost uniformly dystopian. The bleakness… Read More
In the context of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, and with support… Read More
At the IEEE 2016 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century, held in Melbourne, Australia, July 13–15, 2016, Keith… Read More
Responsibilities of Scientists and Engineers in Times of Chaos and Upheaval If the future is coming at an ever accelerating… Read More
Norbert Wiener and the Call for Ethical Engagement Over the last century, the greatest acceleration of technological development has come… Read More
Figure 1. Bus drivers across the West Midlands were equipped with mini DNA kits in 2012 to help police track… Read More
“Can we program ethics into Artificial Intelligence?” was the topic of a keynote panel initiated by SSIT at the July… Read More
It appears that humanity’s great challenge for this century is to extend cooperative human values and institutions to autonomous technology… Read More
The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible. — Ray… Read More
A set of technologies, loosely referred to as “artificial agents,” is becoming more pervasive and more powerful in the current… Read More
By Jai Galliott. Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate, 2015, 266 pp. Reviewed by Tim McFarland Perhaps the most well-known, and controversial, development… Read More