Symbiotic Autonomous Systems: Autonomy & Ethical, Legal, and Societal Considerations


Raj MadhavanPresenter: Raj Madhavan


Today, we are at a crossroads, on the cusp of significant transformative changes that will impact society worldwide, revolutionizing global business operations and fundamentally altering how inanimate objects are perceived in a world increasingly reliant on autonomous systems. A key outcome of this transformation will be a notable shift in the interaction of previously independent systems, including humans, and an increased awareness and responsiveness to autonomous systems that will lead to the development of symbiotic relationships that have significant implications for human society as a whole.

The IEEE Future Directions Symbiotic Autonomous Systems (SAS) Initiative is taking a leadership role in fostering consensus on how best to bring about symbiotic relationships between autonomous systems, and capitalize on the recognition that SAS are poised to have a revolutionary impact on society over the coming years. Given the intertwining and coupling of interacting systems and humans, the Initiative will have to inevitably grapple with the very notion of autonomy within the context of symbiotic systems. It is anticipated that the Initiative will facilitate the development of a new field of Symbiotic Systems Science (SSS) to consolidate and advance technological expertise. Ethical, legal, and societal (ELS) challenges that accompany the development of such emerging and interacting technologies also need to be viewed with a lens that takes into account underlying considerations and constraints. This webinar will, thus, discuss some of these challenges and will outline the ongoing efforts that are being undertaken to facilitate interactions within the IEEE and among the wider robotics, automation, and AI communities.


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