New IEEE Courses on Ethics and AI and Autonomous Systems

They cover how to design products while considering moral values and data protection

20 April 2018

The new Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in Design educational program offers five courses to help developers and companies make ethical decisions when designing their products. The instructors are experts from such fields as economics, engineering, ethics, health care, law, and philosophy.

Here’s what will be covered in each course:

Responsible Innovation in the Age of AI

This introduction focuses on how traditional philosophical models, such as utilitarianism and virtue ethics, have evolved to embrace specifics of algorithmic tracking and intelligence augmentation of AI. Students will learn how companies can holistically incorporate AI to sustain profits while honoring their purpose.


The Economic Advantage of Ethical Design for Business

Developers of AI and autonomous systems (AS) can’t build them in isolation. To help people build or run an AI or autonomous-systems (AS) business, this course explains the impact of ethical and governmental policies on the bottom line.


Values by Design in the Algorithmic Era

This class explores methods for identifying, analyzing, and operationalizing moral, societal, and legal values of AI projects.


The Nature of Nudging

Overt or hidden suggestions known as a robot’s or system’s nudges are designed to influence human behavior or emotions—which demand transparency and clarity to ensure systems support consent and well-being versus manipulation. Learn how nudges can be incorporated into the design of products to improve people’s lives in such areas as diet and depression.


Data Protection and Data Safety

The General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect on 25 May, aims to protect individual privacy and empower people to have greater control over their online presence and personal information, including how their data is shared and used. The GDPR presents several opportunities to increase ethical considerations in the creation of AI/AS and technology in general. In this course, students learn about the regulation’s implications, and the areas in which organizations can go beyond compliance and reframe innovation to align their products and services with end-user values.

The courses are eligible for professional-development hours or continuing-education certificates. The cost for one course is US $95 for members; $140 for nonmembers. Companies that want to offer the entire program for their employees can request a quote.

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