IEEE offers a variety of resources to help educate engineers about the potential outcomes of their work. The tools include a website, videos, a technical community, and conferences.
The IEEE TechEthics website is a hub that provides access to a variety of information on the ethical and societal implications of technology, in support of IEEE’s role as a thought leader and trusted resource. On the website, you can find articles, information about upcoming events, and news.
Related to the TechEthics program is the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. Its website keeps visitors updated on the initiative’s progress, and contains the latest version of “Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.” The 138-page document covers methods that could guide ethical research and design.
To receive updates about both programs, join the IEEE TechEthics community.
The dedicated IEEE TechEthics channel on IEEE.tv has 15 videos on the subject, with more on the way. Several videos feature talks given at events last year, such as the IEEE AI and Ethics Summit and Conversations on Ethical and Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence. In one video, ethicist Wendall Wallach, a scholar at Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, discusses the ethical, legal, and governance challenges arising from driverless cars and robotic weapons. Check out “Social Implications: Perils and Promises of AI,” in which experts from around the world discuss the impact on the labor force and other concerns.
SOCIETIES AND CONFERENCES
The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology and IEEE Robotics and Automation societies address ethics in their conference programs and publications. The RAS, for example, is sponsoring the Ethics Forum at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, being held from 29 May to 3 June in Singapore. The forum is expected to address such issues as robotic weapons and unemployment caused by the advent of robots.
The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology has been covering the topic since its launch more than 45 years ago. The society’s Technology and Society Magazine covers the implications of technology on health, safety, and the environment as well as social and ethical issues related to energy, information technology, and telecommunications. The society’s International Symposium on Technology and Society is scheduled for 9 to 11 August in Sydney. Scientists, engineers, technologists, and scholars from multiple disciplines are expected to develop ideas to address technological and societal issues.