Machine morality: Robot ethics in the 21st Century

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 22 June

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Event description

Our lives will increasingly depend on the decisions robots will make. Robots will drive our cars, run our homes and treat our diseases. But how can we teach robots to make moral judgements, and do they have to be sentient to behave ethically? Join Alan Winfield and Raja Chatila to explore these fascinating and vital questions.

In partnership with the Science and Technology Department of the French Embassy.

About the speakers

Alan Winfield is a Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE) in the Bristol Robotics Lab. He wrote the Very Short Introduction to Robotics and is director of the Science Communication Unit at UWE.

Raja Chatila is Professor at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, and the director of the "SMART" Laboratory of Excellence on human-machine interaction. He is particularly interested in robot navigation, motion planning and control, cognitive and control architectures, human-robot interaction, and robot learning.


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In partnership with the Science and Technology Department of the French Embassy

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