Ethically Aligned Design


“As the use and impact of autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS) become pervasive,
we need to establish societal and policy guidelines in order for such systems to remain
human-centric, serving humanity’s values and ethical principles. These systems have
to behave in a way that is beneficial to people beyond reaching functional goals and
addressing technical problems. This will allow for an elevated level of trust between
people and technology that is needed for its fruitful, pervasive use in our daily lives.
To be able to contribute in a positive, non-dogmatic way, we, the techno-scientific
communities, need to enhance our self-reflection, we need to have an open and
honest debate around our imaginary, our sets of explicit or implicit values, our
institutions, symbols and representations.”