Articles  |    |  July 19, 2018

A Value-Sensitive Design Approach to Intelligent Agents

Book chapter by Steven Umbrello and Angelo Frank De Bellis.
Published in Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security.


This chapter proposed a novel design methodology called Value-Sensitive Design and its potential application to the field of artificial intelligence research and design. It discusses the imperatives in adopting a design philosophy that embeds values into the design of artificial agents at the early stages of AI development. Because of the high risk stakes in the unmitigated design of artificial agents, this chapter proposes that even though VSD may turn out to be a less-than-optimal design methodology, it currently provides a framework that has the potential to embed stakeholder values and incorporate current design methods. The reader should begin to take away the importance of a proactive design approach to intelligent agents.