The online first version of my latest article “Service Robots, Ethics, and Design” has been published in the Journal of Ethics and Information Technology. It is open access so you can view it here.
“Aimee van Wynsberghe brings a little humanity to cold, cold code.”
An article was written about me for the University of Western Ontario alumni magazine. Read it here: http://www.alumni.westernu.ca/alumni-gazette/spring-2016/the-advent-of-ethical.html
I appeared on Al Jazeera news (March 25, 2016) to discuss the racist Microsoft Twitter bot Tay.
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Tom Guarrellio who is the creator of RoboPsych, a brilliant forum for discussing the psychology of human-robot interactions. We talked about my work with the Foundation for Responsible Robotics as well as my work on robots in healthcare. Tom was a fantastic interviewer with insightful questions and comments. I look forward to working with Tom in the future on all things robotics, in particular on FRR things!
Check out the podcast here.
On November 23, 2015 I was able to discuss my work in ethics and care robots with a group of artists and members of the community interested in the topic. After giving a talk about the ethical issues facing the design and implementation of care robots I had the chance to sit and talk with the audience; what wonderful questions and considerations they had! It was great to hear from a group of listeners outside the field of academia. Hope to do it again sometime!
On Friday Oct 30 I was pleased to be one of the co-organizers of a 3TU sponsored workshop entitled: Bridging the gap between HRI and robot ethics research. This workshop was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Social Robotics. The format of the workshop was to bring together a panel of leading robot ethics scholars with robotics researchers struggli
g with ethical issues in their own work. The event was quite successful in encouraging meaningful and collaborative thinking between the disciplines. We hope to publish a special edition, will post more details in the future. For more info on the workshop see: https://bridgingthegapbetweenhriandrobotethicsresearch.wordpress.com/
I have been nominated for the VIVA 400. I am one of 400 women nominated this year. There are four categories – I have been nominated for the “knappe koppen” (clever heads) group. I am so honored to be considered among these incredible women.
The website describes it like this (thank google for the translation):
400 women this year have made a difference in their field: that is the VIVA400. These powerful women stand in the spotlight because they won a prize, discovered a gap in the market, and followed their dreams. VIVA does not do a ranking, because how can you compare a scientist with a professional athlete? But we made four categories – creative minds, clever heads, powerhouses and do-gooders – each category will have one winner. The winners will be announced on November 17th at a ceremony in Amsterdam.
An article I was interviewed for came out in mashable entitled “The importance of human innovation in A.I. ethics”. Aside from me being in it, it is a great article.
In the Dutch magazine Computer Idee I was featured in issue number 21 ( 22-Sep – 6 Oct 2015). The article is entitled “Zorgzame zorg-robots ontwerpen” (translated roughly: Designing Robots with Care).
The article is not available online, but check out their website: http://www.computeridee.nl/
I am happier than ever to announce that I have received an NWO funded Veni research grant. The personal grant will allow me to research the ethical issues related to the design and development of service robots … much more to come!
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After many long hours of work, reviews, and edits, my book is now available! The book is entitled: Healthcare Robots: ethics, design, and implementation. You can find it at Ashgate and Amazon. A huge thank you to all who helped with ideas, reviews, edits, and inspiration.
Info on the book:
This study deals with an underexplored area of the emerging technologies debate: robotics in the healthcare setting. The author explores the role of care and develops a value-sensitive ethical framework for the eventual employment of care robots. Highlighting the range of positive and negative aspects associated with the initiative to design and use care robots, it draws out essential content as a guide to future design both reinforcing this study’s contemporary relevance, and giving weight to its prescriptions. The book speaks to, and is meant to be read by, a range of disciplines from science and engineering to philosophers and ethicists.
‘This is a tour de force from one of a new breed of researchers concerned with the societal and ethical issues created by new technologies. Wynsberghe highlights many of the problems with the accelerating use of robotics for elder care and brilliantly points the way forward through value sensitive design. This is a must read, not only for those working in robotics but also for those interested in the future and practice of care.’
Noel Sharkey, University of Sheffield, UK
‘With the eyes of an applied ethicist, Aimee van Wynsberghe foregrounds care in her value sensitive analysis of healthcare robots. In assessing diverse technical solutions for the future of healthcare the author provides a rigorous and insightful contribution to the literature.’
Batya Friedman, University of Washington, USA