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Scott Robbins

PhD Candidate in Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Scott is currently completing his PhD in the ethics of artificial intelligence at the Technical University of Delft. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from California State University, Chico and an M.Sc. in Ethics of Technology from the University of Twente. He is a founding member of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and a member of the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology. Scott is skeptical of AI as a grand solution to societal problems and argues that AI should be boring.

Latest Publications

A Misdirected Principle with a Catch: Explicability for AI

Citation Robbins, S. (2019). A Misdirected Principle with a Catch: Explicability for AI. Minds and Machines. Abstract There is widespread agreement that there should be a principle requiring that artificial intelligence (AI)...

Our Ignorance about AI

Wrote a piece for the launch of the Netherlands AI Alliance which was launched today. It us up on their website. Find it here. From the piece: If we accept that the explanations for modern AI algorithms will remain opaque to us, then the question is how to use these...

Upcoming Events

Ethicomp 2020

16-18 June 2020 | Rioja Spain

Scott will be presenting a paper at Ethicomp 2020 in Rioja, Spain. The conference takes place from the 17th – 19th of June.

His paper is entitled “Meaningful Human Control over Opaque Machines”


Past Events

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TU Delft Research Day Presentation

Today I gave a presentation for the TU Delft Ethics and Philosophy of Technology research day. My talk was entitled "Explicability Principle for AI: Misdirected and Undermining". I argue that the many proposals for explicability for AI do not overcome the moral...

Ethics of Mass Surveillance Conference

Today I gave a presentation on the ethics and efficacy of machine learning for counter terrorism for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Ethics of Mass Surveillance Conference. Great group of speakers and a great crowd.

Ethics of Mass Surveillance (April 12)

On April 12 I delivered a talk entitled "Bulk Data Collection, Machine Learning, and Ethics" for the Ethics of Mass Surveillance workshop held at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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