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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

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...

The Value of Transparency: Bulk Data and Authoritarianism

Citation Robbins, S., & Henschke, A. (2017). The Value of Transparency: Bulk Data and Authoritarianism. Surveillance & Society, 15(3/4), 582-589. Retrieved from

Our Sexual Future with Robots

Citation Sharkey, N., van Wynsberghe, A., Robbins, S., & Hancock, E. (2017). Our Sexual Future with Robots. The Hague, Netherlands: Foundation for Responsible Robotics. Retrieved from...

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

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.

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...

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