How can we embed ethics, trust and transparency in social robots?
Today, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics (APGDA) held a roundtable in partnership with RoboTips. The event discussed the implementation of the ethical black box (EBB) and the need for this technology within social robots.
In the current wave of technological evolution, the development of social robots and artificial intelligence continues to progress. However, such developments have often been accompanied by concerns regarding the systems’ potential to cause harm to humans.
While the potential impacts of AI are recognised as far-reaching, they also require trust from society. If the public is not assured that human-technology interactions are ethical and will bring about positive change, such interactions risk being widely rejected, and the benefits wasted.
This roundtable was chaired by APGDA Co-Chair Lord Holmes of Richmond.
- Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence
- Professor Marina Jirotka, Professor of Human Centred Computing at the University of Oxford, RoboTips
- Professor Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England, Bristol, RoboTips
.@Marenka: "This work can lead to huge opportunities for industry by increasing public confidence and trust in #AI technology through designing transparency into autonomous systems using the EBB tool." #RoboTips pic.twitter.com/JkljQM6Bm3— All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics (@DataAPG) February 9, 2022
.@alan_winfield says they are drafting an open standard for EBB which will be open source, to help industry to adopt a standard approach to the design of EBB and therefore make accident investigation easier. #RoboTips pic.twitter.com/xIiHSJ8sSm— All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics (@DataAPG) February 9, 2022
After presentations from the panellists, we entered a general discussion with general themes emerging around transparency, the policy road map and what first steps government should take.
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