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Statement on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems by the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)

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Ethics of Artificial Intelligence | Statement of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE). European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. March 2018

The EGE calls for a wide-ranging process of public deliberation and lays out a set of fundamental ethical principles to pave the way. The EGE Statement also forms the cornerstone of the guidelines on AI ethics to be developed in collaboration with the future AI Alliance.



Advances in AI, robotics and so-called ‘autonomous’ technologies have ushered in a range of increasingly urgent and complex moral questions. Current efforts to find answers to the ethical, societal and legal challenges that they pose and to orient them for the common good represent a patchwork of disparate initiatives. This underlines the need for a  collective, wide-ranging and inclusive process of reflection and dialogue, a dialogue that focuses on the values around which we want to organise society and on the role that technologies should play in it.

This statement calls for the launch of a process that would pave the way towards a common, internationally recognised ethical and legal framework for the design, production, use and governance of artificial intelligence, robotics, and ‘autonomous’ systems. The statement also proposes a set of fundamental ethical principles, based on the values laid down in the EU Treaties and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, that can guide its development.


Table of Contents

Moral reflections 

  • key questions 
  • key considerations 
  • beyond a narrow ethical framing 

Towards a shared ethical framework for artificial intelligence, robotics and ‘autonomous’ systems 
Ethical principles and democratic prerequisites


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