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Transparency for Robots and Autonomous Systems

Fundamentals, technologies and applications  

by Robert H. Wortham

Based on scientific understanding and empirical evidence of how humans understand and interact with robotic and autonomous systems, the author reviews the concerns that have been raised around the deployment of AI and robots in human society, and the potential for disruption. He explains why transparency ought to be a fundamental design consideration for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and artificial intelligent systems. Starting with a survey of global research in the field and what transparency means in a wider context of trust, control and ethics, the author then introduces transparent robot control architecture, and the impact of transparency using real-time displays. He presents a case study on the Muttering Robot, and covers current and upcoming standards for transparency, as well as future perspectives for the manufacturing and operation of autonomous robotic systems.

Specifically, chapters cover transparency in the wider context of trust; a transparent robot control architecture, the impact of transparency using real-time displays, transparency using audio - the Muttering Robot, the effects of appearance on transparency, synthesis and further work, and several examples of Instinct commands.

This book provides key insights into transparency in robots and autonomous systems for industry and academic researchers and engineers working on intelligent autonomous system design, human robot interaction, AI, and machine ethics. It also offers points of interest for professionals developing governmental or organisational policies and standards for the design of intelligent autonomous and AI systems, and government and standard bodies working in the emerging applications of AI.

About the Author

Robert Wortham is a Lecturer in the Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Bath, UK. He teaches Robotics & Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence techniques. He also focuses on robot transparency and the wider ethical considerations of AI systems. He is a chartered engineer, a member of the IET and a fellow of the British Computer Society. He also serves as Director of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).



Publication Year: 2020

Pages: 300

ISBN-13: 978-1-78561-994-6

Format: HBK

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