Organisations involved in researching or policy making about robot ethics
CENTRE FOR DATA ETHICS AND INNOVATION
Announced in the Autumn 2017 budget, the UK government will invest £75m into delivering recommendations from an independent review on AI. A government consultation on the role of the centre was carried out in autumn 2018 and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport reported back in November 2018.
Link, UK Government webpage on the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, February 2019
ALAN TURING INSTITUTE
The Alan Turing Institute, created in 2015, is the national institute for data science, with headquarters at the British Library. It has five founding universities – Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick – and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. created The Alan Turing Institute in 2015.
Alan Turing Institute Data Ethics Groups
THE LIVERHULM CENTRE FOR THE FUTURE OF INTELLIGENCE
The mission at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) is to build a new interdisciplinary community of researchers, with strong links to technologists and the policy world, and a clear practical goal: to work together to ensure that we humans make the best of the opportunities of artificial intelligence as it develops over coming decades.
Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
THE FUTURE OF HUMANITIES INSTITUTE
FHI is a multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford. Academics at FHI bring the tools of mathematics, philosophy, social sciences, and science to bear on big-picture questions about humanity and its prospects. The Institute is led by founding Director Professor Nick Bostrom. Humanity has the potential for a long and flourishing future. Our mission is to shed light on crucial considerations that might shape our future.
The Future of Humanities Institute
THE FUTURE OF LIFE INSTITUTE (FLI)
‘Mission: To catalyze and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges.’
The Future of Life Institute
CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EXISTENTIAL RISK
Dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse
The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
BRISTOL ROBOTICS LABORATORY
Bristol Robotics Laboratory are interested in both robot ethics and ethical robots. The former is broadly concerned with the ethical use of autonomous systems including standards and regulation (ethical governance), while the latter is concerned with how autonomous systems can themselves be ethical, i.e. be imbued with ethical values.
Bristol Robotics Laboratory / Research / Research themes / Robotic Ethics
CENTER FOR BRAINS, MINDS AND MACHINES
‘The Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) at MIT is a multi-institutional NSF Science and Technology Centre dedicated to the study of intelligence – how the brain produces intelligent behavior and how we may be able to replicate intelligence in machines.’
The Centre for Brains, Minds and Machines
CAL POLY – ETHICS & EMERGING SCIENCE GROUP
‘Based at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group is a non-partisan organization focused on the risk, ethical, and social impact of emerging sciences and technologies.’
The Ethics & Emerging Acience Group at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)
AI Ethics Lab
Currently based in Boston (USA) and Istanbul (Turkey), the goal of the lab is to enhance technology development by integrating ethics from the earliest stages of design and development for the mutual benefit of industry and communities. The lab aims to provide ethics guidance to researchers, developers, and legislators
AI Ethics Lab
Cambridge University Trust & Technology initiative
The Trust & Technology Initiative brings together and drives forward interdisciplinary research from Cambridge and beyond to explore the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power; to better inform trustworthy design and governance of next generation tech at the research and development stage; and to promote informed, critical, and engaging voices supporting individuals, communities and institutions in light of technology’s increasing pervasiveness in societies.
The Trust & Technology Initiative
This section includes companies that are taking an ethical approach and directories to robotics and AI companies generally.
By implementing our research in the field of games, a useful training ground, we were able to create a single program that taught itself how to play and win at 49 completely different Atari titles, with just raw pixels as input. And in a global first, our AlphaGo program took on the world’s best player at Go – one of the most complex and intuitive games ever devised, with more positions than there are atoms in the universe – and won.
PEGA – Robot Process Automation Primer (RPA)
Videos introducing Robot Process Automation (RPA)
THE ROBOT REPORT
Business and Applications of Robotics
Genome Campus – Society and Ethics Research – Exploring the ethical, legal and social issues raised by genomics