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Towards Responsible Agricultural Robotics

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In this talk Alan will explore the question: what would the practice of Responsible Robotics mean, in the field of agricultural robotics?

Alan will first define responsible robotics and, within that, the practice of Ethically Aligned Design [1] then outline emerging ethical standards [2]. He will then elaborate on two important processes within responsible robotics: Ethical Risk Assessment, based on British Standard BS8611 [3], and Robot Accident Investigation [4], and how these processes should be applied to agricultural robotics.

1. IEEE (2019), “The IEEE global initiative on ethics of autonomous and intelligent systems. Ethically aligned design: A vision for prioritizing human well-being with autonomous and intelligent systems, first edition,” tech. rep., IEEE Standards Association, 2019. 2. BSI , BS8611:2016 Robots and robotic devices, Guide to the ethical design and application of robots and robotic systems. British Standards Institute, 2016. 3. Winfield A (2019) Ethical standards in robotics and AI. Nature Electronics 2:46-48. doi: 10.1038/s41928-019-0213-6 download pdf 4. Winfield A F , Winkle K, Webb H, Lyngs U, Jirotka M, & Macrae C (2020) Robot Accident Investigation: a case study in Responsible Robotics. arXiv pre-print arXiv:2005.07474.

This talk is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training -- Agriforwards CDT (CAMBRIDGE) series.

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