The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has commissioned around a hundred scientists, academics and philosophers to compile a guide that deals with "ethical considerations in the design of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems".
The 136-page document is called "Ethically Aligned Design". The IEEE wishes to produce an ethics-based reference document relating to artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. The guide seeks to be an "open and participatory" work since the comments of readers will be grouped together and presented to the IEEE on 6 March 2017.
The idea behind a reference work of this kind is to "create a consensus within the community by involving as many people as possible". Konstantinos Karachalios, Director of IEEE, explained: "In providing technologists with practical recommendations put forward by their peers to create AI/AS systems and services, we can overcome the fears associated with these technologies and bring real advantages to humans today and in the future". The Institute therefore wishes "to create a kind of independent institution authorised to keep a close eye on developments".