Meeting of COMEST Working Group on Robot Ethics
The Working Group on Robot Ethics of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) will meet at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 18 to 20 May 2016. The meeting will launch the elaboration in 2016-2017 of a report on ethical approaches in relation to autonomous machines, including a particular focus on recommendations for various stakeholders.
The reflection of this COMEST Working Group will be informed by the international interdisciplinary workshop entitled “Moral Machines: Developments and Relations. Nanotechnologies and Hybridity” which will be held at the UNESCO Headquarters (Room IX) in Paris from 18 to 19 May 2016.
COMEST decided that in 2016-2017, it will address two topics: 1) ethics of water and the oceans, and 2) ethics of robotics as part of emerging technologies. The work of COMEST on ethics of robotics will build on its previous reflection on ethics of nanotechnologies and converging technologies, with a similar methodology and timeframe of work as for the topic on ethics of water and oceans.
COMEST will consult the International Labour Organization (ILO) on ethical aspects of robotics, with a focus on ethical and social consequences of the use of autonomous robots on employment and the nature of work. The international interdisciplinary workshop and the meeting of the Working Group of COMEST will inform the elaboration of the report on emerging ethical issues in the area of robotics and possible recommendations to both governmental and non-governmental actors.