„Embedded ethics approach“ in AI development

Interdisciplinary TUM team advocates the integration of ethics from the very beginning of the development process of new technologies

The increasing use of AI (artificial intelligence) in the development of new medical technologies demands greater attention to ethical aspects. An interdisciplinary team at the TUM advocates the integration of ethics from the very beginning of the development process of new technologies. In a joint pilot project with two Integrative Research Centers at TUM, the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) with its director, Prof. Sami Haddadin, and the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), with Prof. Ruth MüllerAlena Buyx, Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Health Technologies and member of the German Ethics Council, wants to try out the embedded ethics approach. The proposal was published in Nature Machine Intelligence at the end of July.
The idea is to make ethics an integral part of the research process by integrating ethicists into the AI development team from day one. For example, they attend team meetings on a regular basis and create a sort of "ethical awareness" for certain issues. They also raise and analyze specific ethical and social issues.
See TUM press release