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



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 - Coming Soon

Fill out the form below to receive a digital copy of Ethically Aligned Design, First Edition as soon as it is made available on 25 March 2019. 


Ethically Aligned Design
, First Edition, is the culmination of a three-year, globally open and iterative process involving thousands of global experts. This process included two versions that were open for public comment. If you are interested, you can still access the Second Version (PDF), its Overview document (PDF), and its Thirteen Sections listed below.

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) - Thank You for Your Feedback!

We released EADv2 as an RFI and over 72 people / organizations responded with over 316 pages of feedback! Thank you to everyone who took the time to carefully review Ethically Aligned Design to provide these insightful and helpful comments.

You can review everyone's feedback in our EADv2 RFI Responses document.

When Ethically Aligned Design Version 1 was released in December 2016 it was also made available as a public Request for Input (RFI). 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™IEEE P7010™IEEE P7011™IEEE P7012™,  and IEEE P7013™.

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)

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