Explicitly ethical standards for robotics

Categories: working paper
Categories: working paper

Title: Explicitly ethical standards for robotics

Authors: Cian O’Donovan

Full paper download: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/webteam/gateway/file.php?name=odonovan-2019-robotics-standards-210210.pdf&site=25

Abstract: This paper explores how explicitly ethical standards for robotics are peer-produced. It describes the motivations, organisation and practices of standardization contributed by a globally distributed community of experts. The research question asks what kind of rules for robots are being created through standardization and what are the motivational and organizational features of this knowledge production? In addressing this question, I reflect on how ethical principles are applied in practice within the field of autonomous and intelligent systems and what implications this may have for the governance of robotics innovation. The paper directly responds to the aims of the workshop by speculating on the potential for post-automation robotics innovation pathways that are not automatically determined, but arrived at by means of broad participation in governance decisions and innovation processes.

From the workshop: Post-Automation? Towards Democratic Alternatives to Industry 4.0. organised by, Adrian Smith and Mariano Fressoli at SPRU. See http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/research/projects/postauto