OpenEth is a machine ethics research company established for public benefit.
We have a vision of building a safer and more just world, by enabling humans and machines to make better decisions, and creating trust through verifiable behavioural rulesets.
We recognise that ethics are varied across time, geography, and culture. We intend to democratize access and opportunity for contribution to this world-changing system, that is currently concentrated in the hand of a few AI researchers/engineers.
Our goal is to advance the field of machine ethics, by seeding a framework for analysis of various ethical situations, in a way that can be easily understood by both humans and machines.
We seek new ways of expressing ethics computationally, by building on the latest and best available research. Creating a computable framework of ethics is an extremely challenging and daring endeavour, but one with the potential to change the path of civilization.
OpenEth is a free and open-source project created as a public good for global society.
The intended outcomes of this project are the following:
Empower other, further projects more easily – Seed an ecosystem than can leverage this framework and accelerate developments in this area.
Use known techniques that are state of the art – Make the best of current machine ethics techniques open, accessible, and meaningful to the masses.
Direct and actionable implementations – Empower proof of concepts that demonstrate practical solutions to real-world problems using this technology.
Build a community that can help ensure the project gets taken forward – Our small team cannot accomplish this mammoth task alone, it requires international collaboration between individuals, companies, and NGOs.
- Build upon existing ethical frameworks, standards, and best practices such as those of the IEEE or The UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Deterministic ethics that can always give the same result, easily understood by both machines and humans – Enable the creation of standards within ethics than can be generally agreed-upon, and can be followed, interpreted, and improved by all ethical agents.