[Feb 20th 2019] Increasing machine autonomy and ethics

Guglielmo Tamburrini, Università di Napoli Federico II.

Feb 20, 2019 – 11:00 AM
DIISM, Artificial Intelligence laboratory (room 201), Siena SI

The rise of increasingly autonomous AI and robotic systems is bringing about a variety of novel and impending ethical issues. These include the issue whether certain forms of machine autonomy are morally admissible, the development of appropriate ethical policies to embed into autonomous systems controllers, human accountability and responsibility preservation for autonomous machine behaviours, and human interpretability of autonomous machines decisions and actions. Case studies of increasingly autonomous vehicles, weapons systems, and surgical robots are used here to illustrate each one of these ethical issues and the aggregate problem of the relationship between human autonomy and machine operational autonomy.


Guglielmo Tamburrini (PhD 1987, Columbia University) is Philosophy of Science and Technology Professor at Universita’ di Napoli Federico II in Italy. His research interests presently focus on ethical issues arising in human-machine interactions, in addition to philosophical and methodological issues concerning robotics, AI and the cognitive neurosciences. Coordinator of the first European project on ethics of robotics (ETHICBOTS, 2005-2008), visiting Scholar at ZIF (Universität Bielefeld, 2009-10), in 2014 he was awarded the Giulio Preti International Prize by the Regional Parliament of Tuscany for his work on ethical and social implications of ICT and robotic technologies.

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