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Dear engineers: Please build friendly robots

Blair Hanley Frank | Dec. 14, 2016
IEEE pushes for ethics in AI design

In the future, this work should lead to the creation of IEEE standards around ethics and intelligent systems. One such standard around addressing ethical concerns in system design is already in the works, and two more are on the way.

But even if this process leads to the creation of standards, organizations will still have to choose to adopt them. It could be that the creation of ethical systems would be seen as a marketing differentiator — a robot that’s 65 percent less likely to murder someone should be more appealing to customers.

It’s also possible that the tech industry could just sidestep the ethics question, and continue on its merry way.

The IEEE team is now opening the document up for feedback from the public [PDF]. Anyone can submit thoughts on its contents, though the group is looking for referenced, actionable feedback that’s less than two pages long. Submissions are due on March 6.

 

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