This course sets out the field of robot ethics, defining robot ethics within the broader practice of responsible innovation. The course outlines ethical principles of robotics and artificial intelligence, then – drawing upon current research – shows how those principles translate into practice.
The course introduces a new generation of ethical standards in robotics and AI that are now emerging and sets out the IEEE framework of Ethically Aligned Design – with a deeper look at one new IEEE standard on transparency. It also shows how ethical principles, standards and regulation are linked, and outlines five pillars of good ethical governance.
Notably, the course introduces, through case studies, two essential practices in responsible robotics: ethical risk assessment and robot accident investigation.
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“On the whole I would say that this is an excellent effort and it is very encouraging to see that the IET have taken this issue to heart. I am passionate we should use robotics and AI to improve our lives, not to have a negative impact on our society or the world around us. I think this training is extremely valuable.” – Matthew Studley, UWE Bristol
“This course has relevant and contemporary content. It is clearly presented with good examples and assessments to capture the learner's attention.” – Sanja Dogramadzi, University of Sheffield
Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, Visiting Professor at the University of York, and Associate Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for the Future of Intelligence. He received his PhD in Digital Communications from the University of Hull in 1984, then co-founded and led NEC Software Solutions until taking-up appointment at UWE, Bristol in 1992. Alan co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory where his current research is focused on the science, engineering and ethics of cognitive robotics.
Alan is passionate about communicating research and ideas in science, engineering and technology; he led UK-wide public engagement project Walking with Robots, awarded the 2010 Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke medal for public promotion of engineering. For some years he was director of UWE’s Science Communication Unit. A frequent commentator for the press and media, he was a guest on the BBC Radio 4 series The Life Scientific and interviewed for BBC News HARDtalk.
Alan is an advocate for robot ethics; he sits on the executive of the IEEE Standards Association Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and chairs Working Group P7001, drafting a new IEEE standard on Transparency of Autonomous Systems. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Council. Alan has published over 250 works, including Robotics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012); he lectures widely on robotics, presenting to both academic and public audiences, and blogs at http://alanwinfield.blogspot.com/
They will gain an appreciation of the developing landscape of robot and AI ethics, including emerging ethical standards and frameworks. Learners will gain an understanding of the wide range of psychological, societal and environmental risks, and how to address these risks both directly through ethical risk assessment and indirectly through the practice of responsible robotics.