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Responsible Intelligent Systems


First Google car accident causing injuries

The first Google self-driving car accident causing injuries has occurred. Luckily the injuries were only minor. No information is available, it seems, on whether this will lead to a legal…

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Responsibility and the illusion of control

Perhaps you already suspected this: traffic light buttons are sometimes lying to you. If you push such a button, it might not have any physical effect at all. But it…

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Should we expect a ban on human drivers?

According to this article in the Guardian, autonomous cars might be set to take over our roads. The article quotes Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, who recently estimated that…

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Killing at a distance

This article sketches a picture that makes you realize that the drone scenes from homeland are maybe not far from the truth. Another worrying aspect is that probably the drone…

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The ethics of self-driving cars

This acticle in The Times is about exactly the things we are interested in in our project. For a first opinion on the issue raised in the first paragraph: I…

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Which device was responsible?

Terrible 2013 bus accident in Boston raises questions about the responsibility of navigation devices (and / or their manufacturers / designers / sellers, etc). Especially interesting about this case is…

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The threats of AI in the news again

Quite a balanced piece at CNN. One thing the doomsday philosophers never managed to explain to me is why there will be this ‘intelligence explosion’. Maybe a human intelligence explosion…

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Dutch National TV: AI in ‘Buitenhof’

Yesterday, on Dutch national television (in Dutch, I am afraid), the Dutch philosopher of culture Jos de Mul discussed the doomsday predictions of people like Stephan Hawking warning for AI…

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PhD position

The REINS project aims to provide a framework for automating responsibility, liability, and risk checking for intelligent systems. As intelligent systems are increasingly integrated into our daily life, the division, assignment and…

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