Open Roboethics Institute

Open Roboethics Institute (ORI) — formerly, the Open Roboethics initiative (ORi) — is an international roboethics think tank based in Vancouver, Canada.

Founded by AJung and her colleagues, ORI has been exploring robot ethics questions in the domain of self-driving vehicles, care robots, and lethal autonomous weapons systems by taking stakeholder-inclusive approaches since 2012. Currently, ORI is partnering with researchers and institutes globally to advance our understanding of the impact machine learning and robotic systems have on our society. ORI is an interdisciplinary, international group of people passionate about roboethics and AI ethics in general.

Just like how the web has allowed us to produce and maintain contents of Wikipedia and software designs of Linux by means of mass collaboration, ORI is experimenting with the idea that roboethics/AI ethics discussions and robot/AI designs can benefit from the power of mass collaboration as well.

We first presented our idea at the We Robot 2012 conference:

AJung Moon, Ergun Calisgan, Fiorella Operto, Gianmarco Veruggio, and H.F. Machiel Van der Loos on “Open Roboethics: Establishing an Online Community for Accelerated Policy and Design Change”.

For the studies conducted as part of ORI, please visit

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