Aimee is thrilled to announce that she was chosen as a winner of the “Alexander von Humboldt” grant for AI research. She will be moving to Bonn, Germany to join an outstanding team of researchers and create her own lab focusing on “Sustainable AI”. It is a great honor to receive such an award and she looks forward to the exciting collaborations ahead.
Aimee had the pleasure of giving a plenary talk at the 2020 edition of RoboPhil. Her talk took a new approach to the idea of ‘designing robots for reciprocity’. She took a critical look at the initiative to design robots for reciprocation between robot and human and suggested that in light of our societal deficit to provide mutual care to the many care givers today it is time to re-direct our attention in social robotics and encourage the design and development of robots that will facilitate reciprocity between human and human.
Mihalis Kritikos (Policy Analyst at the European Parliament) wrote a nice piece about Aimee’s STOA study Artificial Intelligence: From Ethics to Policy (which she wrote at the request of the European Parliament’s STOA panel). See his full piece here.
The study then proposes an extensive range of ethically informed and stakeholder-specific policy options for the responsible implementation of AI/ML products, aligning them to defined values and ethical principles that prioritise human wellbeing in a given context. The entire set of policy options, viewed as ethical constraints, constitute a meta-ethical technology assessment framework directed towards the public administration and governmental organisations who are looking to deploy AI/ML solutions, as well as the private companies who are creating AI/ML solutions for use in the public space.
Aimee wrote a report for the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) think tank entitled Artificial Intelligence: From Ethics to Policy.
There is little doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will revolutionise public services. However, the power for positive change that AI provides simultaneously has a potential for negative impacts on society. AI ethics work to uncover the variety of ethical issues resulting from the design, development, and deployment of AI. The question at the centre of all current work in AI ethics is: ‘How can we move from AI ethics to specific policy and legislation for governing AI?’ Based on a framing of ‘AI as a social experiment’, this study arrives at policy options for public administrations and governmental organisations who are looking to deploy AI/ML solutions, as well as the private companies who are creating AI/ML solutions for use in the public arena. The reasons for targeting this application sector concern: the need for a high standard of transparency, respect for democratic values, and legitimacy. The policy options presented here chart a path towards accountability; procedures and decisions of an ethical nature are systematically logged prior to the deployment of an AI system. This logging is the first step in allowing ethics to play a crucial role in the implementation of AI for the public good.
Aimee has accepted an invitation to be on the editorial board of the Springer Nature journal AI and Ethics. This new journal aims to:
promote informed debate and discussion of the ethical, regulatory, and policy implications that arise from the development of AI. It will focus on how AI techniques, tools, and technologies are developing, including consideration of where these developments may lead in the future.
Aimee has once again been named as one of the 400 women in the Netherlands who are “successful, matter, and make a difference”. You can vote for her in the category of ‘Tech Talent’ here: https://www.viva.nl/viva400/techtalenten/.