Ethics by Design: necessity or curse?

Authors Virginia Dignum , Matteo Baldoni , Cristina Baroglio , Maurizio Caon , Raja Chatila , Louise Dennis , Gonzalo Génova , Malte Kließ , Maite Lopez-Sanchez , Roberto Micalizio , Juan Pavón , Marija Slavkovik , Matthijs Smakman , Marlies van Steenbergen , Stefano Tedeschi , Leon van der Torre , Serena Villata , Tristan de Wildt , Galit Haim
Publication date 2 February 2018
Research groups Digital Ethics
Type Lecture


Ethics by Design concerns the methods, algorithms and tools needed to endow autonomous agents with the capability to reason about the ethical aspects of their decisions, and the methods, tools and formalisms to guarantee that an agent’s behavior remains within given moral bounds. In this context some questions arise: How and to what extent can agents understand the social reality in which they operate, and the other intelligences (AI, animals and humans) with which they coexist? What are the ethical concerns in the emerging new forms of society, and how do we ensure the human dimension is upheld in interactions and decisions by autonomous agents?. But overall, the central question is: “Can we, and should we, build ethically-aware agents?” This paper presents initial conclusions from the thematic day of the same name held at PRIMA2017, on October 2017: ethics.html.


Language English
Key words Ethics, Design, Artificial Intelligence