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Edson Prestes- University of Rio Grande do Sul

Title: Ethics: the New Frontier of Technology

Abstract: Nowadays, Ethics is considered the New Green. Several Companies, NGOs and Governments have already understood how important is to put the human being in the center of our technological development. This implies understanding not only the human values but also incorporating them in all technological products which may be software or hardware. If technology is developed without this consideration, certainly it will impact negatively people’s daily lives. In fact, we are already witnessing this impact in current technology. There are several examples of human rights violation. This trend tends to increase if we, as a global society, do not have a wide conversation and reach on a global agreement. Fortunately, organisations like IEEE and UN are playing a proactive role in this discussion. In this talk, I intend to give an overview about the IEEE and UN initiatives and also provide information about how to join these global efforts. My main message is we need to be protagonists of our lives!

Brief Bio:

Grande do Sul, Brazil. He is leader of the Phi Robotics Research Group, co-head of the Intelligent Robotics and Computation Vision CNPq Group and CNPq Research Fellow. He received his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Federal University of Pará (1996), Brazil, and MSc (1999) and Ph.D. (2003) in Computer Science from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Edson is IEEE Senior Member and Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) and IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA). Over the past years, he has been working in different international initiatives related to Standardisation, Humanitarian Activities, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Ethics. He is a Member of the United Nations High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma; Associate Vice President for Thought Leadership & Outreach on the IEEE RAS Industrial Activities Board; Vice-Chair of IEEE RAS Standing Committee for Standards Activities; Chair of the IEEE RAS/SA P7007 – Ontological Standard for Ethically Driven Robotics and Automation Systems Working Group; Vice-Chair of the IEEE RAS/SA Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Working Group (ORA WG); Founding Chair of the IEEE South Brazil RAS Chapter; Member of the Affective Computing, Embedding Values into Autonomous Intelligence Systems and Economics and Humanitarian Issues Committees at IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems; Member of the IEEE RAS Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology; Fellow at US EP3 Foundation; Member of the European AI Alliance; Member of the Global Council on Extended Intelligence; Academic Committee Member of Zhejiang University Robotics Institute and Member of several IEEE RAS/SA Standardisation Working Groups.

In 2015, IEEE ORA WG published the very first IEEE RAS standard, called IEEE 1872-2015 Ontologies for Robotics and Automation. This standard was cited broadly including in the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, elaborated by the US White House, in 2016. Due to the relevance of this achievement, Edson received the IEEE SA Plaque of Appreciation and IEEE RAS Certificate of Appreciation for being the vice-chair of the IEEE ORA WG. In 2015, Edson was awarded the Jabuti Award, the most important Brazilian literary award, for co-organising the book entitled Robótica Móvel.

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