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An Initial Generic Assessment Framework for the Consideration of Risk in the Implementation of Autonomous Systems

  • K. Tara Smith
  • Lynne Coventry
  • Robert GreenSmith
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 544)

Abstract

This paper considers some of the issues around autonomous systems and the different types of risk involved in their implementation. These risks are both barriers to the implementation of a successful autonomous system and risks that are consequences of the use of such systems. The different levels of automation, and different approaches to categorizing these levels, as presented in a variety of frameworks, are summarized and discussed.

The paper presents an initial generic assessment structure, with the aim of providing a useful construct for the design and development of acceptable autonomous systems that are intended to replace elements of the human cognitive process, specifically in situations involving decision-making. It introduces the concept of the “logos chasm”: the gap between achievable autonomous systems and those which currently only exist in the realm of science fiction; and discusses possible reasons for its existence.

Keywords

Autonomous systems Automation risks Automation frameworks 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Tara Smith
    • 1
  • Lynne Coventry
    • 2
  • Robert GreenSmith
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Factors Engineering Solutions LtdDunfermlineScotland
  2. 2.Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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