EthicsNet, a non-profit, is building a community with the purpose of co-creating examples of nice behaviours, to help socialise A.I.

Machine Intelligence requires large, well-documented datasets (examples) to be trained upon. Datasets often matter more than algorithms per se, though they rarely get proper credit for the value that they can create.

Datasets such as Fei-Fei Li's ImageNet have enabled the recent expansion in capability of machine intelligence in powerful new ways that otherwise would be impossible.

We want to do the same for the space of kind behaviours – a massive collaboration efforts to construct, collate, and annotate a range of datasets that reflect many different cultures, opinions and creeds, and which can expand in scope and nuance over time, to empower socially-aware thinking machines for generations to come.

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We have a vision of building a safer and more just world, by enabling humans and machines to make better decisions, and creating trust through verifiable behavioural rulesets.

We recognise that ethics are varied across time, geography, and culture. We intend to democratize access and opportunity for contribution to this world-changing system, that is currently concentrated in the hand of a few AI researchers/engineers.

Our goal is to advance the field of machine ethics, by seeding a framework for analysis of various ethical situations, in a way that can be easily understood by both humans and machines.

Through our dataset we seek to support new ways of expressing ethics computationally, building on the latest and best available research. Creating a computable framework of ethics is an extremely challenging and daring endeavour, but an essential enabling technology for global civilization.

Regulations such as Common Law are the result of a massive collaborative effort across generations; hundreds of years of some of the smartest and best-educated people approaching real life situations asking "without violating the law passed by congress/parliament, or contradicting precedent, what's the best way to handle this situation in front of me?" In a similar yet accelerated manner, we hope to emulate such efforts in seeding an ethical dataset. 

Our Massive Transformational PurposeHelp Machines Make Decisions That Enable Flourishing.

Both the code driving this project, and the ethical framework itself are open, and we encourage active contributions on both.

EthicsNet is a free and open-source project created as a public good for global society.

Please help us to enable a world with kinder machines.

 

Intentions

 

The intended outcomes of this project are the following:

  • Empower other, further projects more easily – Seed an ecosystem than can leverage this framework and accelerate developments in this area.

  • Build a community that can help ensure the project gets taken forward with international collaboration between individuals, companies, and NGOs.

  • Build upon existing ethical frameworks, standards, and best practices such as those of the IEEE or The UN Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Enable the development of standards within ethics than can be generally agreed-upon, interpreted, and improved-upon, and preferable subsets of those which are most pertinent to specific situations or cultures.

 

Trustees

 
  JAMES UHLMANN

JAMES UHLMANN

  JOEL BURKE

JOEL BURKE

  EMELIE SYDNEY-SMITH

EMELIE SYDNEY-SMITH

  ANISH MOHAMMED

ANISH MOHAMMED

  JAMES BURROWS

JAMES BURROWS

  NeLL WATSON – Founding Chair

NeLL WATSON – Founding Chair

 

Implementation Team

 
  DR. Anish mohammed – SYSTEM Architect   INFORMATION SECURITY AND BLOCKCHAIN expert

DR. Anish mohammed – SYSTEM Architect

INFORMATION SECURITY AND BLOCKCHAIN expert

  DR. REMCO BLOEMEN – ALGORITHMIC ENGINEER   CYBERSECURITY EXPERT AND custom algorithm designer

DR. REMCO BLOEMEN – ALGORITHMIC ENGINEER

CYBERSECURITY EXPERT AND custom algorithm designer

  NELL WATSON FBCS FICS FIAP   FRSA fRSS FLS CITP – CREATIVE EVANGELIST   EDUCATOR, tech philosopher, 2017 Foresight fellow (machine ethics)

NELL WATSON FBCS FICS FIAP FRSA fRSS FLS CITP – CREATIVE EVANGELIST

EDUCATOR, tech philosopher, 2017 Foresight fellow (machine ethics)

 
  OLA ORCHOWSKA – DESIGN Enthusiast    human-technology interactions Designer

OLA ORCHOWSKA – DESIGN Enthusiast

human-technology interactions Designer

  FRANZISKA LippoldT – MATHEMATICIAN   APPLIED ML & CRYPTOGRAPHIC MATH AND STATISTICS

FRANZISKA LippoldT – MATHEMATICIAN

APPLIED ML & CRYPTOGRAPHIC MATH AND STATISTICS

  ROSHAWN TERRELL – INFORMATION THEORIST   ENTROPIC COMPUTING AND COUNTERFACTUAL ANALYSIS

ROSHAWN TERRELL – INFORMATION THEORIST

ENTROPIC COMPUTING AND COUNTERFACTUAL ANALYSIS

 
  NIKOLA STOJKOVIC – ETHICIST   analytic philosopher and ai ethics adept

NIKOLA STOJKOVIC – ETHICIST

analytic philosopher and ai ethics adept

  ADAM ALONZI – ETHICAL ANALYST   INTERDISCIPLINARY ANALySt

ADAM ALONZI – ETHICAL ANALYST

INTERDISCIPLINARY ANALySt

  Prof. DR. Phaedra MohammeD – CULTURAL TECHNOLOGIST   Cultural Contextualisation Specialist

Prof. DR. Phaedra MohammeD – CULTURAL TECHNOLOGIST

Cultural Contextualisation Specialist

Mentors & Advisors

 
  PrOF. DR. WENDELL WALLACH – ETHICIST, SCHOLAR, AUTHOR Of  MORAL MACHINES

PrOF. DR. WENDELL WALLACH – ETHICIST, SCHOLAR, AUTHOR Of MORAL MACHINES

  PrOF. DR. AMITAI ETZIONI – esteemed Professor, author, and socio-economist

PrOF. DR. AMITAI ETZIONI – esteemed Professor, author, and socio-economist

  Dr. LOUIS ROSENBERG – Prolific inventor, CEO OF UNANIMOUS AI

Dr. LOUIS ROSENBERG – Prolific inventor, CEO OF UNANIMOUS AI

  Joel Burke – CEO of Inventjin   

Joel Burke – CEO of Inventjin
 

  Tom Marsh – CEO OF AI One

Tom Marsh – CEO OF AI One

  Vinay Chaudhri – AI & Knowledge rep. Consultant

Vinay Chaudhri – AI & Knowledge rep. Consultant

  Eric Shuss – CEO of Iwithin & cogbotics

Eric Shuss – CEO of Iwithin & cogbotics

  Charles Line – 'Pragmatic innovation' specialist

Charles Line – 'Pragmatic innovation' specialist

  HERMIONE WAY – FORMER HEAD OF EUROPEAN COMMS AT TINDER

HERMIONE WAY – FORMER HEAD OF EUROPEAN COMMS AT TINDER

  JEFF BONE – Founder of topsight GROUP, former principal of RGM

JEFF BONE – Founder of topsight GROUP, former principal of RGM

  Allison duettmann – AI Safety researcher, Foresight Institute

Allison duettmann – AI Safety researcher, Foresight Institute

  Monica anderson – CEO OF Syntience, Inc.

Monica anderson – CEO OF Syntience, Inc.

  JONATHAN YAN – AI STRATEGIST, FOUNDER OF REAL.AI

JONATHAN YAN – AI STRATEGIST, FOUNDER OF REAL.AI

  JOSEFIN LILJEQVIST – Economic traceABILITY SPECIALIST

JOSEFIN LILJEQVIST – Economic traceABILITY SPECIALIST

  RICARDO SILVA – BIOENGINEER, NEUROSCIENTIST

RICARDO SILVA – BIOENGINEER, NEUROSCIENTIST

EthicsNet Ambassadors

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  DENIS RIVIN – TECHNOLOGICALLY-FACILITATED ALTRUISM ADVOCATE   ETHICSNET AMBASSADOR, NORDICS

DENIS RIVIN – TECHNOLOGICALLY-FACILITATED ALTRUISM ADVOCATE

ETHICSNET AMBASSADOR, NORDICS

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Problems which bear directly on the future of our civilization... cannot be disposed of by general talk or vague formulae — by what Lincoln called ‘pernicious abstractions.’

They require concrete solutions for definite and extremely complicated questions.
— George C. Marshall