October 2017

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Addressing the Growing Ethics Discussion About Machine Autonomy

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Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: Richmond Cultural Center (near Richmond Center) - Performance Hall, 7700 Minoru Gate #100, Richmond, BC
Park on the second floor of the parkade beside the library.
Presenter: Dr. AJung Moon, Director of Open Roboethics Institute (ORI)
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $25.00 including GST
Includes light refreshments and snacks. 
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Join us for a presentation organized by the Richmond/Delta Branch of Engineers and Geoscientists BC on the topic of ethics in artificial intelligence and robotics. In 2016, 75% of enterprise organizations had already deployed or had plans to deploy data-driven projects. Big data, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and robotics have become keywords that symbolize innovation in many industries today. However, alongside it, “ethics” is also becoming a buzzword. This talk introduces you to the notion of ethical risks, how it relates to the increased dependence on machine autonomy, and what it means to innovate with ethics in mind. Please read the full description below for more detail.

Ethics is increasingly becoming a buzzword in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Machine learning algorithms and robotics systems have been developed and used for years, but never before has the discussion about ethics of the technologies been getting so much attention. What is all this AI ethics and roboethics discussion all about? What ethical risks do you and your organization end up (often unknowingly) taking on as you increasingly implement machine autonomy into your organization? Most importantly, what can you do about them?

Small and large companies today are struggling to innovate their operations with data-driven, predictive algorithms without the full understanding of what undesirable effects these algorithms can have on their organization and our society. As applications of robotics extend to areas outside of industrial environments, roboticists are increasingly noticing the importance for designers and policy makers to address the question of “What should a robot do?” It turns out that discussions about ethics becomes very attractive when it’s mixed with autonomous, intelligent technologies.

This talk will draw from relevant studies and examples (from right here in BC) to paint a broad landscape of the fascinating world of AI ethics and roboethics. 


Dr. Ajung Moon

Director, Open Roboethics Institute

​Dr. AJung Moon is the Director of Open Roboethics Institute (ORI). Formerly known as the Open Roboethics initiative, ORI is an international roboethics think tank that investigates ways in which stakeholders of robotics technologies can work together to influence how robots should shape our future. What should a robot do? What decisions are we comfortable delegating to robots? These are some of the questions ORI has been exploring in the domain of self-driving vehicles, care robots, as well as lethal autonomous weapons systems.

AJung is also a CEO and the Technology Analyst of Generation R Consulting Inc. that provides ethics assessment of AI/machine learning and robotic systems. Generation R helps organizations make informed design and policy decisions to innovate with the advanced technologies without compromising the organization's values.

AJung became a Vanier Scholar in 2013 and received her PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in the design of human-inspired interactive robot behaviours. As a roboticist with experience in both roboethics and HRI, she has been heavily involved in international and Canadian discussions on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. She serves on the Executive Committee of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and served as a co-chair of the IEEE Global Initiative’s committee on embedding values into autonomous intelligent systems. She is an organizer of the Canadian Robotics Network newly being established, and a panelist of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (IPRAW). She frequently serves as an expert panelist, speaker, and guest lecturer on roboethics. 


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