AI & Robotics: Our approach

We interact with robots, smart devices, intelligent software, prosthetics and implants. We can benefit enormously from interacting with machines. But there are significant ethical challenges. Some of them relate to enhancing human abilities.

The ethical, legal and social analysis consists of the following components:

  • State of the art review
  • Analysis of legal and human rights requirements in and outside the EU
  • Survey of Research Ethics Committee approaches and codes
  • Ethical assessment
  • Surveys of societal acceptance and awareness
  • Citizen panels
  • Developing ethical framework

Proposals for the ethical management of artificial intelligence & robotics

We have developed proposals for the ethical management of artificial intelligence & robotics.

  • Recommendations to enhance AI and robotics legislative frameworks
  • Multistakeholder strategy for ethical guidance
  • Ethics by Design approach
  • Other ethics instruments and methods for AI and robotics

These proposals were presented at the SIENNA final conference.

Ethical impacts of AI & robotics

Artificial intelligence and robotics will significantly impact society, values and human rights. What will change for the better, and what will change for the worse? Which values could change and who will be most affected?

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In practice, existing EU legal frameworks like human rights, data protection, product liability and safety, are fully applicable and should be able to cope with the challenges posed by AI and robotics, and other emerging technologies. SIENNA has identified various gaps and challenges that must be addressed. In our first policy brief, we list some of the urgent actions required and make recommendations for European Union institutions.

Trilateral Research. (2020, December 17). Enhancing EU legal frameworks for AI & robotics: SIENNA project Policy Brief #1 (Version V1.0). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4332661

This brief is also available in Greek: Trilateral Research. (2021). Bελτιώνοντας το ευρωπαϊκό νομικό πλαίσιο για την τεχνητή νοημοσύνη και τη ρομποτική: Σύνοψη πολιτικής του προγράμματος SIENNA αρ. 1 (Version V1.0). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5550544

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Enhancing national legal frameworks for AI & robotics

National policy-makers should ensure that any changes in legislation responding to AI and robotics are fit for purpose and in accordance with the country’s international obligations, especially with regards to human rights and societal values. There is need for legal clarity and guidance. In this policy brief, we present some of the urgent actions required and recommendations for national policy-makers, government ministries and departments (particularly ICT), parliaments, public authorities, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), supervisory bodies, and regulators.

Trilateral Research, (2021, February 18) Responsible AI and robotics: Enhancing national legal frameworks, SIENNA Project Policy Brief #3 (Version V1.0). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4545804

This brief is also available in Greek: Trilateral Research. (2021). Αξιόπιστη τεχνητή νοημοσύνη και ρομποτική-Βελτιώνοντας τα εθνικά νομικά πλαίσια-Σύνοψη πολιτικής του προγράμματος SIENNA αρ. 3 (Version V1.0). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5550563

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