AI Safety & Ethics for Self-Driving – Introducing The Molly Problem

AI should enable safe, secure, sustainable, accessible mobility for all. Yet today 1.3 million people die on our roads each year and road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5–29 years.

Join us in a far reaching debate on the safe and ethical deployment of artificial intelligence on our roads; from fifty year old conventions to present day regulations; from driver assistance to automated driving; from self-driving cars to robotic autonomous systems; and from ethical debates framed by Trolley Problems to the introduction of new ways of ethical thinking offered by The Molly Problem on our roads and beyond. The session will also explore how lessons learnt in the safe transportation domain could similarly apply to other critical domains such as for example, Health.

Organized by ITU, the discussions at this session will also inform the ongoing multistakeholder consultation process of the UN Secretary-General’s Digital Cooperation Roundtable for Recommendation 3C “Artificial Intelligence”.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Founder; Director & CSO, Roborace
    Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA)
    Bryn Balcombe is a Founder of the Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA) and the Chief Strategy Officer for Roborace, a motorsport competition for human and AI drivers, designed to accelerate the research and development of Vehicle Intelligence and human machine interfaces required for transportation of the future. His previous experience comes from Formula One where he architected and patented vehicle to infrastructure communication systems and developed the F1 Group’s first global media network. He has also consulted on technology strategy for organisations including the BBC and McCann Worldgroup and has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering & Vehicle Design. Balcombe is the chairman of ITU-T Focus Group on AI for Autonomous and Assisted Driving (FG-AI4AD).
    UNECE Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP1)
    PhD Candidate, Human-Machine Interaction in Automated Driving
    Liza Dixon holds a Master of Science in Usability Engineering and is a PhD candidate researching human-machine interaction in automated driving. Her work is concerned with the safe use of vehicle automation and focuses on interaction problems in partial/conditionally automated systems, and the methods used to analyze trust in automation. In a recent publication, Autonowashing: The Greenwashing of Vehicle Automation, she coined the term “autonowashing”, or the practice of making unverified or misleading claims which misrepresent the appropriate level of human supervision required by a partially or semi-autonomous product, service, or technology. A vocal advocate for human-centered automation, her work has been featured by The Next Web, CNBC, Automotive News, Let's Talk Self-Driving, Guidehouse Insights, and others.
    Technology Advisor at Office of Special Adviser USG Hochschild
    United Nations
    Danit Gal is Technology Advisor at the United Nations, leading work on AI in the implementation of the United Nations Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. She is interested in technology ethics, geopolitics, governance, safety, and security. Previously, she was Project Assistant Professor at the Cyber Civilizations Research Center at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Danit serves as the former chair and vice chair of the P7009 IEEE standard on the Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems, and the executive committee of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. She is an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, an Affiliate at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University.
    Senior Research Associate
    Technical University of Munich
    Sebastian Krügel is a senior researcher in the research group "Ethics of Digitization" at the Technical University of Munich. He holds a diploma in industrial engineering, a master's degree in economics and a doctorate in the field of behavioral and experimental economics. Prior to his current position, he taught and worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Economics, the Chair of Behavioral and Institutional Economics at the University of Giessen and the Faculty of Mathematics and Economics at the University of Ulm. His research interests include behavioral and experimental economics, human-machine interaction and behavioral ethics.
    Head of the research group "Ethics of Digitization" at the TUM School of Governance
    Technical University of Munich
    Matthias Uhl heads the research group "Ethics of Digitization" at the TUM School of Governance of the Technical University of Munich. The group focuses on ethical implications of human-machine interactions and folk intuitions with regard to the use of algorithms in moral domains. Matthias has obtained his PhD in economics at the University of Jena and his habilitation in philosophy at TU Munich. He considers himself a behavioral ethicist who applies experimental and other empirical methods to answer questions of ethical interest. Further areas of interest are business ethics, experimental economics and philosophy of science.
    Lead, Automotive and Autonomous Mobility
    World Economic Forum
    Tim Dawkins is an automotive technologist with a specialism in ADAS and Automated Driving Systems. Currently, he leads a portfolio of Automotive and Autonomous Mobility policy research activities for the World Economic Forum, studying the future governance needs of automated vehicles, with a particular focus on safety. Prior to joining the Forum, Tim spent his career conducting applied research at SBD Automotive, a technology consulting firm, testing and developing ADAS, infotainment and vehicle security systems. He also served in the British Army as a reserve soldier in the Royal Logistics Corps. Tim holds an MBA from Surrey Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Motorsport Engineering from Brunel University London. He has also completed a range of further professional certifications in Military Ethics, Counter-Terrorism, and Robotics.


20 Oct 2020


CEST, Geneva
16:00 - 17:00


Smart mobility


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