Interview: Robot Ethics & Design with Shalaleh Rismani

How can we better design responsible AI and technology?

Catherine Yeo
Fair Bytes
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8 min readOct 27, 2021

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For the first episode of our long-awaited interview series with AI experts, we’re super excited and honored to chat with Shalaleh Rismani.

Shalaleh is currently the co-director and a design researcher at the Open Roboethics Institute (ORI), a Canadian think tank investigating the ethical and social implications of AI and robotics. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at McGill University, where she is a member of the Responsible Autonomy and Intelligent Systems Ethics Lab researching how to measure & evaluate the adherence of AI systems to AI ethics principles.

Today, we dive into:

  1. AI & roboethics
  2. Human-centered & value-sensitive design
  3. AI deployment & regulation

Key Responses & Takeaways

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Can you talk a bit about your background and how you got into AI and robotics?

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Catherine Yeo
Fair Bytes

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