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Design for Values in and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Design for Values in and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence2019-07-10T15:03:51+02:00

Putting human values at the core of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that become increasingly autonomous

It is more urgent than ever before to pay attention to the ethics of artificial intelligence. Developments in autonomy and learning are rapidly enabling AI systems to decide and act without direct human control. Algorithm development has so far been led by the goal of improving performance, leading to opaque black boxes. But greater machine autonomy must come with greater responsibility and the capacity to explain decisions. Trust in AI must be based on transparency, since humans cannot relate to the ways of doings of machines. Putting human values at the core of AI systems calls for a mind-shift of researchers and developers towards the goal of improving transparency rather than performance, which will lead to novel and exciting algorithms. Turning Deep Learning into Valuable Learning, that is what researchers in Delft are working on.

Short Videos with Our Researchers

DDfV director Jeroen van den Hoven is being interviewed about the role that ethics should play in developing AI (in Dutch, with English subtitles).

DDfV board member Catholijn Jonker, professor of interactive intelligence in Delft, explains her motto “with machines more human.”

DDFV member Aimee van Wynsberghe is being interviewed at the 2018 AI for Good Global Summit.

DDFV scientific director Jeroen van den Hoven discusses what paying attention to ethics means for Europe’s position in the global AI race.

News / Blogs on Design for Values in Artificial Intelligence

DDfV Researchers Co-Applicants in Two New NWO Gravitation Programmes

September 2nd, 2019|Research updates|

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has announced the new funding awards within its Gravitation programme, worth some €113 million. DDfV researchers are co-applicants in two of the six new programmes. TPM professors Sabine Roeser and Ibo van de Poel take part in the programme Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies. EWI professor Catholijn Jonker participates in the programme on Hybrid Intelligence: Augmenting Human Intellect.

AI and Ethics at the Dutch Police – New White Paper

July 9th, 2019|Research updates|

Researchers from the Delft Design for Values Institute, in collaboration with eLaw(Center for the Law and Digital Technologies) of Leiden University finalized a research consultancy project on “Artificial Intelligence and Ethics at the Dutch Police” by providing a whitepaper highlighting requirements for the responsible use of AI at the Police and a long-term research strategy.

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Events on Design for Values in Artificial Intelligence

Digital Ethics by Design (Executive Masterclass)

21 November - 22 November
New technological developments in areas like quantum computing, big data, robotics, block chain, artificial intelligence (AI), and the internet of things (IoT) create opportunities, but also raise societal and ethical challenges. This executive master class, taught by TU Delft experts, introduces pa...

Meaningful Human Control Of Autonomous Intelligent Technology (1st AiTech Symposium)

26 September
How can humans stay in control over artificial intelligence and autonomous systems? How can we design and engineer systems that support societal values? Openingssymposium of AITech, a new mission-oriented program at TU Delft.

Meaningful Human Control over Intelligent Machines (Workshop)

12 September @ 10:00 - 13 September @ 18:00
Three thematic panels will zoom in on the selected case studies (autonomous weapon systems, autonomous vehicles, surgical robots); each of the panels will include researchers, policy experts, and users as speakers.

Researchers on Artificial Intelligence

If you have any questions or proposals to collaborate on the topic of design for values in artificial intelligence, please contact Juan Durán.

DDFV Members

  • Evgeni Aizenberg
    Evgeni Aizenberg
    Postdoctoral researcher Human Rights-based Design in AI
  • Mark Alfano
    Mark Alfano
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Jordi Bieger
    Jordi Bieger
    PhD Candidate in the area of Artificial General Intelligence
  • Virginia Dignum
    Virginia Dignum
    Associate Professor of Engineering Systems & Services
  • Juan Duran
    Juan Duran
    Lecturer at Technology, Policy & Managment
  • Jeroen van den Hoven
    Jeroen van den Hoven
    Professor of Ethics & Technology
  • Catholijn Jonker
    Catholijn Jonker
    Professor of Interactive Intelligence
  • Mark Neerincx
    Mark Neerincx
    Professor of Human-Centered Computing
  • Birna Riemsdijk
    Birna Riemsdijk
    Assistant Professor Interactive Intelligence
  • Filippo Santoni de Sio
    Filippo Santoni de Sio
    Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology
  • Nava Tintarev
    Nava Tintarev
    Assistant Professor of Web Information Systems
  • Aimee van Wynsberghe
    Aimee van Wynsberghe
    Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology
  • Neil Yorke-Smith
    Neil Yorke-Smith
    Associate Professor of Algorithmics

Other researchers

  • Rijk Mercuur
    Rijk Mercuur
    PhD Researcher at Engineering Systems & Services
  • Ilse Verdiesen
    Ilse Verdiesen
    PhD Candidate of Technology, Policy & Management
  • Xuan Wang
    Xuan Wang
    Researcher of Technology, Policy & Management

Selection of Publications

Critiquing the Reasons for Making Artificial Moral Agents

van Wynsberghe, Aimee; Robbins, Scott

Critiquing the Reasons for Making Artificial Moral Agents Journal Article

Science and Engineering Ethics, 25 (3), pp. 719–735, 2019, ISSN: 1471-5546.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Responsible artificial intelligence: designing AI for human values

Dignum, Virginia

Responsible artificial intelligence: designing AI for human values Journal Article

ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries, 1 (1), pp. 1-8, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Meaningful Human Control over Autonomous Systems: A Philosophical Account

de Sio, Filippo Santoni; van den Hoven, Jeroen

Meaningful Human Control over Autonomous Systems: A Philosophical Account Journal Article

Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 5 , pp. 15, 2018, ISSN: 2296-9144.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Volunteers in the Smart City: Comparison of Contribution Strategies on Human-Centered Measures

Bennati, Stefano; Dusparic, Ivana; Shinde, Rhythima; Jonker, Catholijn M

Volunteers in the Smart City: Comparison of Contribution Strategies on Human-Centered Measures Journal Article

Sensors, 18 (11), 2018, ISSN: 1424-8220.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Service robots, care ethics, and design

van Wynsberghe, A

Service robots, care ethics, and design Journal Article

Ethics and Information Technology, 18 (4), pp. 311–321, 2016, ISSN: 1572-8439.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Creating Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners: Interaction, Reasoning and Ethical Challenges

van Riemsdijk, Birna M; Jonker, Catholijn M; Lesser, Victor

Creating Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners: Interaction, Reasoning and Ethical Challenges Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, pp. 1201–1206, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-4503-3413-6.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Coactive Design: Designing Support for Interdependence in Joint Activity

Johnson, Matthew; Bradshaw, Jeffrey M; Feltovich, Paul J; Jonker, Catholijn M; van Riemsdijk, Birna M; Sierhuis, Maarten

Coactive Design: Designing Support for Interdependence in Joint Activity Journal Article

J. Hum.-Robot Interact., 3 (1), pp. 43–69, 2014, ISSN: 2163-0364.

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International and Societal Network

Our researchers working on design for values in / the ethics of Artifical Intelligence are actively involved in international and societal debates on this topic, for example through the following organizations:

European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies
European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies(advisory body of the President of the European Commission)
Jeroen van den Hoven is one of the members
Ethically Aligned Design
Ethically Aligned Design(IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous & Intelligent Systems)
Catholijn Jonker and Filippo Santonio de Sio are part of IEEE working groups.
Foundation for Responsible Robotics
Foundation for Responsible Robotics (non-profit working on responsible robotics & AI)
Aimee van Wynsberghe is co-founder & co-director
ALLAI | NL
ALLAI | NL(Dutch Alliance for Responsible Artificial Intelligence)
Aimee van Wynsberghe is founding board member