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The case for an ethical black box (2017)
Book Chapter
Winfield, A. F., & Jirotka, M. (2017). The case for an ethical black box. In Y. Gao (Ed.), Towards Autonomous Robot Systems (1-12). Springer

This paper proposes that robots and autonomous systems should be equipped with the equivalent of a Flight Data Recorder to continuously record sensor and relevant internal status data. We call this an ethical black box. We argue that an ethical black... Read More about The case for an ethical black box.

An architecture for ethical robots inspired by the simulation theory of cognition (2017)
Journal Article
Winfield, A., & Vanderelst, D. (2018). An architecture for ethical robots inspired by the simulation theory of cognition. Cognitive Systems Research, 48, 56-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogsys.2017.04.002

The expanding ability of robots to take unsupervised decisions renders it imperative that mechanisms are in place to guarantee the safety of their behaviour. Moreover, intelligent autonomous robots should be more than safe; arguably they should also... Read More about An architecture for ethical robots inspired by the simulation theory of cognition.

Standardizing Ethical Design for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (2017)
Journal Article
Winfield, A., Bryson, J., & Winfield, A. F. (2017). Standardizing Ethical Design for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. Computer, 50(5), 116-119. https://doi.org/10.1109/MC.2017.154

© 1970-2012 IEEE. AI is here now, available to anyone with access to digital technology and the Internet. But its consequences for our social order aren't well understood. How can we guide the way technology impacts society?

Principles of robotics: regulating robots in the real world (2017)
Journal Article
Boden, M., Winfield, A., Bryson, J., Caldwell, D., Dautenhahn, K., Edwards, L., …Whitby, B. (2017). Principles of robotics: regulating robots in the real world. Connection Science, 29(2), 124-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540091.2016.1271400

© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper proposes a set of five ethical principles, together with seven high-level messages, as a basis for responsible robotics. The Principles of Robotics... Read More about Principles of robotics: regulating robots in the real world.

The challenge of preparing teams for the European robotics league: Emergency (2017)
Journal Article
Ferreira, F., Röning, J., Kauppinen, M., Pitkänen, V., Kemppainen, A., Tikanmäki, A., …Sosa, D. (2017). The challenge of preparing teams for the European robotics league: Emergency. https://doi.org/10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2017.9.IRIACV-261

© 2017, Society for Imaging Science and Technology. ERL Emergency is an outdoor multi-domain robotic competition inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident. The ERL Emergency Challenge requires teams of land, underwater and flying robots to work togethe... Read More about The challenge of preparing teams for the European robotics league: Emergency.

When robots tell each other stories: The emergence of artificial fiction (2017)
Book Chapter
Winfield, A. F. (2017). When robots tell each other stories: The emergence of artificial fiction. In S. Stepney, & R. Walsh (Eds.), Narrating ComplexitySpringer

This essay outlines a proposal for an embodied computational model of storytelling, using robots. If it could be built, the model would open the possibility for experimental demonstration and investigation of how simple narrative might emerge from in... Read More about When robots tell each other stories: The emergence of artificial fiction.

Rational imitation for robots: the cost difference model (2017)
Journal Article
Winfield, A., Vanderelst, D., & Winfield, A. F. (2017). Rational imitation for robots: the cost difference model. Adaptive Behavior, 25(2), 60-71. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059712317702950

© 2017, © The Author(s) 2017. Infants imitate behaviour flexibly. Depending on the circumstances, they copy both actions and their effects or only reproduce the demonstrator’s intended goals. In view of this selective imitation, infants have been cal... Read More about Rational imitation for robots: the cost difference model.