International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems

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On the Ethics of Research in Robotics

Lecturer: Dr. Raja Chatila, Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR), France

In this lecture titled “On the Ethics of Research in Robotics”, Dr. Raja Chatila shares his reflections on this very current and engaging topic addressing both professionals in the field and the lay public affected by the commercialisation of robotic systems. Today’s robot application has reached an impressive level of capabilities and autonomous operations in sectors ranging from transport, defense, construction to medicine, among many other. The popularisation of robotics in general raises ethical questions within the general society.

Will robots take our jobs? Will AI become completely autonomous and surpass the capabilities of the human mind? What about the application of autonomous lethal weapons acting without being controlled by the human hand?

It is Dr. Chatila’s opinion that roboticists have the duty to educate the wider public on what is really going on with these new, incredibly advanced robotic applications. It is also up to the researchers to understand the consequences of their own research findings and commercialisation of certain robot applications.

The ethical, legal and societal issues highlighted by Dr. Chatila include hot topics such as autonomous robot decisions, accountability, privacy and intrusion. dependance and isolation, cognitive and affective bonds, the status of the robot in human society and this is just to mention a few. He overviews these robotic systems development underlying issues by taking as examples 5 types of today’s innovative robots either commercialised or about to be: drones, swarms, autonomous robots, UGVs in defence and security; robotic devices for rehabilitation and human augmentation; robot companions, personal assistant robots, sexual robots; and autonomous cars.

To hear Dr. Chatila’s views and recommendations on how to tackle ethical issues which also include legal consequences and societal acceptance for robot systems, we invite you to watch this lecture certainly of interest to each member of today’s fast-evolving, modern and robotically-aware society.

Type: Video Lecture
Lecturer: Dr. Raja Chatila, Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR), France
Location: Seattle, USA
Filmed: May 2015
Published: November 2015
DOI: 10.5772/61995
Copyright: InTech
License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Dr. Raja Chatila, Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR), France
Credits: Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique

Raja Chatila, IEEE Fellow, is Director of Research at the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) and Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris.

His research covers several aspects of Robotics in robot navigation and SLAM, motion planning and control, cognitive and control architectures, human-robot interaction, and robot learning. He works on robotics projects in the areas of service, field, aerial and space robotics. He is author of over 140 international publications on these topics.

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