VDI Conference on Autonomous Driving

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I’ll be at the upcoming VDI Conference on Automated Driving in Düsseldorf on June 30 speaking about Ethics and Liability in the Age of Automated Driving. This will be an interesting opportunity to interact with automotive engineers in an international forum to gauge their openness to embedding ethicists in their driverless car design processes. If you’re interested in details about the talk feel free to contact me. Also, if you’re planning to b in Düsseldorf on June 30, feel free to drop by the conference and check it out.

Engaging Publics on the Ethics and Governance of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

A MQ-9 Reaper flies above Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during a local training mission June 9, 2009. The 42nd Attack Squadron at Creech AFB operates the MQ-9. (U.S. Air Force photo/Paul Ridgeway)

A MQ-9 Reaper flies above Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during a local training mission June 9, 2009. The 42nd Attack Squadron at Creech AFB operates the MQ-9. (U.S. Air Force photo/Paul Ridgeway)

The Open Roboethics initiative (ORi) just released a report on the results of an international public opinion poll on the ethics and governance of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). The report, titled “The Ethics and Governance of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems: An International Public Opinion Poll“, suggests that there may be little public support for the development and use of these weapons systems. The survey included participants from 49 countries, and ORi has decided to continue collecting data indefinitely.

Some highlights of ORi’s findings:

  • 67% of participants indicated that all types of LAWS should be banned
  • 56% of participants indicated that LAWS should not be developed or used
  • 85% of participants indicated that LAWS should not be used for offensive purposes

You can read the full report and can still participate in the poll.

UN Testimony on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Jason Millar providing expert testimony at the UN CCW, April 15, 2015

Jason Millar providing expert testimony at the UN CCW, April 15, 2015

This week I was invited to give expert testimony at a United Nations informal meeting of experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWs) , under the framework of the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), held from April 13-17, 2015.

I’ve decided to post the full text of my presentation (verbatim), including slides.

Expert Testimony provided by Jason Millar to the Informal Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWs), held within the framework of the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), Geneva, Switzerland, April 15, 2015. Continue reading “UN Testimony on Lethal Autonomous Weapons”

The Emerging Policy and Ethics of Human Robot Interaction

HRI2015I’ll be attending HRI 2015 in Portland this upcoming Monday, March 2, to participate in this exciting workshop. The workshop will feature three panels dealing with the broad topics of: Healthcare; Morphology; and Autonomy. I’ll be participating on the Healthcare panel, but to be honest, I’m looking forward to them all equally.

According to the organizers:

This workshop aims to build a cross-disciplinary bridge that will ensure mutual education and grounding. It has three main goals: 1) Cultivate a multidisciplinary network of scholars who might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet and collaborate, 2) Serve as a forum for guided discussion of relevant topics that have emerged as pressing ethical and policy issues in the HRI field, 3) Create a working consensus document for the professional community that will be shared broadly.

The organizers have put together a stellar group of experts! You should take a look at the workshop website for a full list of participants, and for links to the various papers and questions submitted by researchers and students that will help frame the day’s discussions.

I’ll try to post a follow-up to the day’s activities, but you’ll also be able to follow the discussion via hashtag #HRIETHICS.