Explainability and Counterfactuals: Algorithmic Decisions and the Individual

Tonii Leach How do AI algorithms make decisions? Why might we need to understand this, and to what extent do we need to understand this? How can we conceptualise ‘explainable’ AI? And when we ask for an explanation, what is it that we really want to know? On the 27th of February Dr Brent Mittelstadt…

The Human Brain Project’s Ethics Advisory Board: Q&A with Shamim Patel

How and why the highly regarded HBP’s Ethics Advisory Board (EAB) was established? What its main achievement are? And what the future holds for the EAB? Our Question and Answer series with Ethics Support task leaders continues with Shamim Patel, task leader for the Ethics Advisory Board and Other Ethics Services. What is the Ethics Advisory Board…

Engaging with emerging technologies: representation, responsibility, and reflexivity

How do we make scientists and engineers aware of societal and ethical issues? And how do we engage diverse publics with the latest developments in future and emerging technologies? What challenges do we face and what can we learn from such engagements? These were guiding questions for the panel ‘Engaging with emerging technologies: representation, responsibility…

Dual Use and Responsible Research: Learning about Ethical Challenges Ahead

Winter-Gladys Wanjiku and Inga Ulnicane The 2nd Human Brain Project (HBP) Curriculum Workshop ‘Research, ethics & societal impact. Dual use and responsible research: ethical challenges’ took place at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm from the 14th to the 17th of November 2018. This workshop showcased the interdisciplinary nature of not only the HBP itself, but…

Beyond Human Rights: Ethics in the age of AI and Posthumanism

Tonii Leach As the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) develops at an exponential rate, and technology becomes ever more integrated into our lives, it is imperative that the ethics of the convergence of these subjects is considered. Whilst the possibility of the development of a general superintelligence seems remote, consideration of the ethical implications of…

Making sense of changing relationships between technology, security and society in Europe

How do new technological developments influence security in Europe? What role do drones, artificial intelligence and social media play in contemporary European society and security? And what to expect from recent trends in European Union’s (EU) security policy such as plans to fund defence research? These were some of the questions addressed at the workshop…

Ethics and Neurorobotics workshop

What is neurorobotics and how does it differ from ‘classical robotics’? What are potential future developments in this field? What social and ethical questions might they pose and how do we address them? These were some of the topics discussed at the Ethics and Neurorobotics joint workshop bringing together researchers from the Human Brain Project’s…

Ethics Support @ HBP Open Day and Summit 2018

Last week the Ethics Support team was at the annual Human Brain Project (HBP) Open Day and Summit in Maastricht (Netherlands). This event was the halfway mark for the HBP which was started in October 2013 as a ten-year FET Flagship Project funded by the European Commission.   The Open Day on 15th October brought…

Ethics Support in the Human Brain Project: Q&A with Bernd Stahl

Ethics Dialogues is a new blog of the Ethics Support work package of the Ethics and Society Subproject in the Human Brain Project (HBP). Our blog aims to facilitate sharing and exchange of good practices, research results and reflections on ethics support issues within and beyond the HBP. Our first post is Q&A with the…