William and Patricia Stacy Endowed Lecture on Ethics
UK Student Center Theater
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ronald Arkin
Regents’ Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the
College of Computing at Georgia Tech
How to NOT build a Terminator
Abstract: Given the present pace, direction, and funding of humanoid technological development, it seems that the science fiction vision of a Terminator robot is becoming more and more of a potential reality. Many researchers, perhaps unknowingly or unwittingly, are providing the capabilities to achieve such a platform, i.e., perhaps answering the question of “how to build a terminator”. This talk focuses on the ethical questions surrounding the potential creation of robotic platforms with lethal autonomy, striving to answer the question of “how to NOT build a Terminator”), perhaps by either avoiding or restraining the use of lethal force when (not if) this capability is achieved. Several options are presented that range from complete relinquishment of robotics research (Bill Joy and the Unabomber), to a moratorium (advocated by the United Nations Special Rapporteur to the U.N. Human Rights Council), to banning of such capability (advocated by Human Rights Watch and ICRAC), to directly governing the behavior of lethal robots in a manner consistent with International Humanitarian Law (research in the Georgia Tech Mobile Robot Laboratory).
Biosketch: Ronald C. Arkin is Regents’ Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He served as STINT visiting Professor at KTH in Stockholm, Sabbatical Chair at the Sony IDL in Tokyo, and the Robotics and AI Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse. Dr. Arkin’s research interests include behavior-based control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and UAVs, hybrid deliberative/reactive architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotics, bio robotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems. Prof. Arkin served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, the IEEE Robotics and Automation (RAS) Society AdCom, and is a founding co-chair of IEEE RAS TC on Robot Ethics. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE.
PEIK Seminar Series
February 28 – Kentucky’s Energy Landscape
Dr. Leonard K. Peters, Cabinet Secretary, Energy and Enviroment Cabinet
Time: 2:00-2:50 pm
Location: Classroom Building room 114
Biography: Appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2008 to oversee Kentucky’s energy, environmental protection and natural resources programs, Dr. Len Peters has developed and implemented Kentucky’s first comprehensive strategic energy plan to address the state’s growing demands for energy in an environmentally sustainable and economically effective manner. He also has been instrumental in creating a unique partnership opportunity among the Argonne National Laboratory, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and two of the state’s leading research institutions, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, to advance lithium battery manufacturing research and development.
Dr. Peters is a recognized leader in research, academia and management. He served at the Battelle Memorial Institute, a leading nonprofit applied science and technology development company, where he was senior vice president and director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. From 2003-2006, Dr. Peters led the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s 4,200 staff at the multi-program national laboratory to apply their broad scientific and technical capabilities, not only to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science, but also to those of DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Defense, the Department of Defense, and other agencies.
Dr. Peters has held senior academic and administrative positions at leading universities, including the University of Kentucky and Virginia Tech.
He holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by that university. He has been recognized for his achievements with honors ranging from the National Science Foundation Award for contributions in science and technology, to the Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ Outstanding Leadership Award.
This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.
*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.
March 28 -Bulk Electrical Transmission Today
Derek Rahn – Manager of Transmission Policy & Tariff-LG&E Kentucky Utilities
Time: 2-2:50 pm
Location: Student Center Theater
More details to follow
Spring 2014 Workshop:
January 17 - National Electric Code (NEC) 2014
Alan Manche PE, Director, Industry Standards, Schneider Electric
Credit: 4.0 PDHs
Time: 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Hilary J. Boone Center 500 Rose St. Lexington, KY 40506
Registration is required to attend.
When using a credit card, you must register online at http://www.engr.uky.edu/power/seminars/.
If you need to register using a check, please contact Cassandra Rogers at 859-257-1834 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics: Industry standards, installation codes, and enforcement will be covered.
Alan Manche, an employee at Schneider Electric for 20 years, is responsible for leading company activities relative to product standards, installation codes, and enforcement. His background in product design, certification, and industry standards afforded him many hours in Schneider Electric testing labs reviewing product performance characteristics, and conformity assessment. He has been involved in the National Fire Protection Association, National Electric Manufacturers Association, National Electric Code, and Underwriters Laboratories. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.
For more information contact Cassandra Rogers. Lunch will be provided immediately following