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Online seminar series on Resilience of Autonomous Systems - Resilience Talk 1

The UK Research and Innovation project 'Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) Node in Resilience' ( is organising an online biweekly seminar series on Resilience of Autonomous Systems that everyone is invited to attend.

The seminars are held every other Monday starting on 1st February 2021, and the details for the first seminar are enclosed below. Details of future seminars, and a short registration form to request the Zoom joining instructions are available at


The scope of autonomy in autonomous systems and ethics of decisions: a user-interacting perspective

Paola Inverardi, University of L'Aquila, Italy

Autonomous systems make decisions independently or on behalf of the user. This will happen more and more in the future, with the widespread use of AI technologies in the fabric of the society that impacts on the social, economic and political sphere. Automatizing services and processes inevitably impacts on the user's prerogatives and puts at danger their autonomy and privacy. From a societal point of view It is therefore crucial to understand which is the space of autonomy that a system can exercise without compromising laws and human rights.

In this talk I will try to dig into this challenge by making use of philosophical proposals concerning ethics in the digital societies and software engineering design methodologies. In particular I will cast the problem of designing the scope of decisions of an autonomous system in the setting of architectural design where autonomous systems interact within a society, characterized by collective ethical values, with multiple and diverse users, each of them characterized by her individual moral preferences.