The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations
in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

An incubation space for new standards and solutions, certifications and codes of conduct,
and consensus building for ethical implementation of intelligent technologies


To ensure every stakeholder involved in the design and development of autonomous and intelligent systems is educated, trained, and empowered to prioritize ethical considerations so that these technologies are advanced for the benefit of humanity.

Ethically Aligned Design, Versions 1 & 2

Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Wellbeing with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (EAD, Version 1) represents the collective input of over one hundred global thought leaders from academia, science, government and corporate sectors in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, ethics, philosophy, and policy.  EAD, Version 2, will feature thirteen sections created by over two hundred-fifty global thought leaders and launch in late 2017.

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Read the Executive Summary and Eight Sections of Ethically Aligned Design, Version 1:

Public Request for Input - Response and Report

Ethically Aligned Design was released in December 2017 as a public Request for Input in an effort to build greater transparency and collaboration for our work.  We received over two hundred pages of feedback that can be viewed in our RFI Responses Document.

As a way to highlight insights inspired by the feedback we received, Sara Mattingly-Jordan of The IEEE Global Initiative has written, Becoming a Leader in Global Ethics.

Prioritizing Human Well-being in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

On 11 April 2017, IEEE hosted a dinner debate at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss how the world's top metric of value (Gross Domestic Product) must move Beyond GDP to holistically measure how intelligent and autonomous systems can hinder or improve human well-being. 

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Join the Conversation

We're creating a Vision for Prioritizing Human Wellbeing with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and we need your help. Learn more about how to join the conversation and Make #OURAIVISION Your Own.

View the Ethically Aligned Design: Prioritizing Wellbeing for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Webinar Replay.

Exploration of this activity may include:

  • Proposals for standardization projects, certifications, and codes of conduct
  • Comprehensive roadmaps, white papers and educational materials that may include Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Certification materials and/or programs
  • An efficient, economical environment for building consensus and producing shared results
  • Language for codes of conduct or principles regarding ethics and autonomous systems to be iterated in open collaborative groups
  • Proposals for conferences and summits
  • Cooperation with additional industry alliances focused in this field

Get Involved

We invite you to join experts that span the fields of engineering, law, science, economics, ethics, philosophy, politics, and health in this work. The Initiative is global, open and inclusive, welcoming all individuals or representatives of organizations dedicated to advancing technology for humanity by prioritizing ethical considerations in the design of autonomous systems that include:

  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Cognitive Computing
  • Affective Computing
  • Algorithmically based programs

Initiative Outcomes

To best advance technology for humanity with regard to autonomous systems, The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems seeks to inform and influence:

  • Government policy makers
  • Corporate Board members and C-level executives
  • United Nations and other international agencies
  • Academic Educators

How to Participate

To learn more about the Initiative, please contact one or more of the following:

Chair: Raja Chatila, CNRS-CNRS-Sorbonne UPMC Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Paris, France; Member of the French Commission on the Ethics of Digital Sciences and Technologies CERNA; Past President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (

Vice Chair: Kay Firth-Butterfield, Executive Director and Founding Advocate of AI Austin (, or