What is Open Roboethics Institute?


Open Roboethics Institute(ORI) which spun out of the Open Roboethics initiative, an international roboethics think tank hosted at University of British Columbia. Since its inception in 2012, ORI has been exploring roboethics questions in the domain of self-driving vehicles, care robots, and lethal autonomous weapons systems by taking on stakeholder-inclusive approaches to the questions. Currently, ORI is partnering with researchers and institutes globally to move forward the research and the challenges that come with the use of machine learning and robotic systems in various systems. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, ORI is an interdisciplinary, international group of people passionate about roboethics and AI ethics in general.

Many of today’s ethical, legal, and social issues pertaining robotics and AI are not specific to a particular country, culture, or social groups. But the discussion of ethics surrounding the design, deployment, and use of robots and AI today remain limited by international, cultural and disciplinary boundaries.

Just like how the web has allowed us to produce and maintain contents of Wikipedia and software designs of Linux by means of mass collaboration, ORI is experimenting with the idea that roboethics/AI ethics discussions and robot/AI designs can benefit from the power of mass collaboration as well. By creating a web space where policy makers, engineers/designers, and users and other stakeholders of the technology can freely share and access roboethics/AI ethics related contents, we hope to accelerate roboethics and AI ethics discussions and inform robot/AI designs.

We first presented our idea at the We Robot 2012 conference:

AJung Moon, Ergun Calisgan, Fiorella Operto, Gianmarco Veruggio, and H.F. Machiel Van der Loos on “Open Roboethics: Establishing an Online Community for Accelerated Policy and Design Change”

Don’t want to read the whole paper? Check out our presentation from the conference instead. http://tinyurl.com/openroboethics.

We’d like to hear your thoughts on Open Roboethics and AI ethics. Please feel free to contact AJung (email: ajung@amoon.ca, twitter:@OpenRoboethics) to send us your feedback.