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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 aimeevanwynsberghe.com and responsiblerobtics.org.

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11023-019-09509-3 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-018-0030-8. Abstract Many industry leaders and academics from the...

Presentations

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: https://youtu.be/qLK58mbnNX4

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.

Upcoming

Ethicomp 2020 (Rioja Spain)

I will be presenting a paper at Ethicomp 2020 in Rioja, Spain. The conference takes place from the 17th - 19th of June. My paper is entitled "Meaningful Human Control over Opaque Machines". Abstract:   In an increasingly autonomous world, it is becoming clear...

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