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The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics
of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

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

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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.

Ethics in Action

We've launched the second version of Ethically Aligned Design! View Launch Details.

Ethically Aligned Design, Version 2

Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS) represents the collective input of several hundred participants from six continents who are thought leaders from academia, industry, civil society, policy and government.  The goal of Ethically Aligned Design is to advance a public discussion about how we can establish ethical and social implementations for intelligent and autonomous systems and technologies, aligning them to defined values and ethical principles that prioritize human well-being in a given cultural context.

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Read the Executive Summary and Thirteen Sections of Ethically Aligned Design, Version 2:

Ethically Aligned Design Has Gone Global!

Members of The IEEE Global Initiative have translated the Ethically Aligned Design Executive Summary into multiple languages including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Thai. Learn more about Translations and Reports.

Defining A/IS Ethics - Read and Contribute to Our Glossary

As part of the launch of EADv2, we've also created the first version of a Glossary that provides common terms for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS), as defined by professionals working in fields of Ethics, Engineering and Policy.

Read the Glossary and learn how to provide feedback and insights for EADv2.

Public Request for Input (RFI) - We Want Your Feedback!

We're releasing EADv2 as an RFI again to get more feedback on our work.  Help us take action to prioritize values-driven, ethically aligned design for autonomous and intelligent systems!

View the Submissions Guideline and complete the Request for Input.

Ethically Aligned Design Version 1 was released in December 2016 as a public Request for Input (RFI) 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 from EADv1, Sara Mattingly-Jordan of The IEEE Global Initiative wrote, Becoming a Leader in Global Ethics.

Participate in A/IS Standards Working Groups

Help shape the future of Ethics for Autonomous and Intelligent systems by joining any of the following Working Groups: IEEE P7000™, IEEE P7001™, IEEE P7002™, IEEE P7003™, IEEE P7004™, IEEE P7005™, IEEE P7006™, IEEE P7007™, IEEE P7008™, IEEE P7009™, and IEEE P7010™.

Join any of our IEEE P7000 Working Groups.

Bring Ethics in Action to your Business

We are collaborating with key industry leaders to identify how to best integrate ideas from our work into the corporate arena. By prioritizing values-driven, ethically aligned design at the beginning of the development process, organizations have the potential to collectively maximize their innovations.

We are excited to see the natural evolution of our work being realized in a way that will instill greater trust and confidence in the marketplace. If you’re interested in keeping up with our next great innovation in this space, let us know. And, stay tuned.

Contact us for more information about our offerings.

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 (raja.chatila@gmail.com)

Vice Chair: Kay Firth-Butterfield, Executive Director and Founding Advocate of AI Austin (kay.firth-butterfield@lucid.ai, or kay@ai-austin.org)