The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems
Moving “From Principles to Practice” with standards projects, certification programs, and global consensus building to inspire the Ethically Aligned Design of autonomous and intelligent technologies

The IEEE Global Initiative’s mission is, “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, First Edition

Ethically Aligned Design
, First Edition (EAD1e) is a comprehensive body of work that distills the consensus of its vast community of global creators into a set of high-level ethical principles, key issues, and practical recommendations. EAD1e is an in-depth seminal work, a one-of-a-kind treatise, intended not only to inform a broader public but also to inspire its audience and readership of academics, engineers, policy makers, and manufacturers of autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS) to take action. 

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Defining A/IS Ethics — Glossary

The Glossary features more than two hundred pages of terms that help to define the context of A/IS ethics for multiple stakeholder groups, specifically: engineers, policy makers, philosophers, standards developers, and computational disciplines experts. It is currently in its second iteration and has also been informed by the IEEE P7000™ standards working groups.

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Participate in A/IS Standards Working Groups

The IEEE P7000™ series of standards projects under development represents a unique addition to the collection of over 1,900 global IEEE standards and projects. Whereas more traditional standards have a focus on technology interoperability, functionality, safety, and trade facilitation, the IEEE P7000 series addresses specific issues at the intersection of technological and ethical considerations. Like its technical standards counterparts, the IEEE P7000 series empowers innovation across borders and enables societal benefit.

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™IEEE P7010™IEEE P7011™IEEE P7012™,  and IEEE P7013™.

Join the Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS)

The Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS) has the goal to create specifications for certification and marking processes that advance transparency, accountability, and reduction in algorithmic bias in autonomous and intelligent systems. ECPAIS intends to offer a process and define a series of marks by which organizations can seek certifications for their processes around the A/IS products, systems, and services they provide.

More information can be found at the ECPAIS Industry Connection page.

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.

IEEE Computer Society forms new Special Technical Community (STC) on Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems

Reliable, Safe, Secure, and Time-Deterministic Intelligent Systems Special Technical Community (STC) will bring together experts in all related technologies required in this multi-topical field with the goal of moving toward an autonomous and intelligent world.

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)