Monday, July 29, 2019

Ethical Standards in Robotics and AI: what they are and why they matter

Here are the slides for my keynote, presented this morning at the International Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards (ICRES 2019). The talk is based on my paper Ethical Standards in Robotics and AI published in Nature Electronics a few months ago (here is a pre-print).

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1 comment:

  1. Personally I'd guess transparency level 4 might be easier than level 3, "what would you do if..." is just a matter of a robot taking some faked (user supplied according to scenario they are asking about) sensor data and running it through the same code it uses to process real sensor data. Explaining "why did you..." on the other hand would probably need a log holding the state of all input variables in the recent past, a kind of black box not so hard to implement on its own, but then would also need something typically to output this result in some clearer way than "my ADC at I2C address 0x18 read out as >= 1000/1024", which the robot itself might well not have been coded with much in the way of interpretation as to the thing that generates the variable voltage that the ADC represents. As for level 2, that sounds like a compatibility nightmare, anyone can read a paper or pdf manual, having to set up a software environment just to read a manual sounds like a potential dependency hell, especially if the managers at the manufacturing company decide only to support a terrible OS like windows 10 as a background environment for the simulation engine to run in. Level 1 would be a good excuse to return to proper manuals with an element of explanation and decent teardown diagrams and troubleshooting tables/flowcharts, rather than the abysmal pictograms and factually incorrect "no user servicable parts inside" labels which come with every present day device.