Tom Williams and Kerstin Haring


AAAI Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society

Publication Year

In this paper we examine the risks posed by roboticists’ collaboration with law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Using Trust frameworks from AI Ethics, we argue that collaborations with law enforcement present not only risks of technology misuse, but also risks of legitimizing bad actors, and of exacerbating our field’s challenges of representation. We discuss evidence of bad dispositions justifying these risks, grounded in the behavior, origins, and incentivization of American policing, and suggest courses of action for American roboticists seeking to pursue research projects that currently require collaboration with law enforcement agencies, closing with a call for an abolitionist robotics.