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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)...

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...

Upcoming Events

AiTech Agora

9 September 2020 | Delft University of Technology

Scott will be presenting a paper on meaningful human control over AI for TU Delft’s AiTech group.


Past Events

Ethicomp 2020 (Virtual)

Scott presented his paper "Meaningful Human Control over Opaque Machines" at Ethicomp. The proceedings (and where you can find his extended abstract can be found here.   His talk was recorded for the virtual conference:

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.

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