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Scott Robbins, M.Sc.

Scott Robbins is currently a PhD Researcher in ethics of technology at the technical university of Delft, the Netherlands (TU Delft). He graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science (Cum Laude) at California State University, Chico and with a Masters in Ethics and Technology (Cum Laude) at the University of Twente. His current research analyzes the ethics and efficacy of machine learning in the context of counter-terrorism. He is a founding memeber and chair of the organizing committee at the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and a member of the 4TU center for ethics and technology. He also designs and administers a number of websites including and


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...

Critiquing the Reasons for Developing Artificial Moral Agents

Citation Van Wynsberghe, A., & Robbins, S. (2018). Critiquing the Reasons for Making Artificial Moral Agents. Science and Engineering Ethics. Online First. Abstract Many industry leaders and academics from the...


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.

Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2018

At APC 2018 I will be presenting a paper on bulk data collection ethics (counter terrorism context). In it I adapt Just War Theory principles to intelligence collection.

Ethicomp 2018 (Sopot, Poland)

Yesterday I delivered my talk to an engaged audience at Ethicomp 2018 in Sopot, Poland. I spoke on widening the debate on transparency in algorithms to cover more than the inner workings of algorithms. There should also be transparency with regard to the possible...


Ethics of Mass Surveillance (April 11-12)

On April 11-12 I will be delivering 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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