How Technology Impacts Civil Liberties with Co-Director Ryan Calo

Newly-emerging technologies affect us all in a multitude of ways and today’s turned-on, always-connected world has reached an all-time high. O’Connor, president of the Center for Democracy & Technology, will discuss how the internet and interconnected world shape our lives, impact our civil liberties, and inform our daily decisions. Other panelists include Ryan Calo, faculty […]

WeRobot 2015 Keynote: An Evening with Tony Dyson

Tony Dyson, noted roboticist and special effects model-maker, and the builder of R2D2, discusses the future of robotics with Professor Ryan Calo of the University of Washington School of Law.

WeRobot 2015

We hosted the fourth annual robotics law and policy conference with the University of Washington School of Law.

WeRobot 2015 Panel 2: “Robot Passports”

Author: Anupam Chander; Discussant: Ann Bartow; Paper: Can international trade law, which after all seeks to liberalize trade in both goods and services, help stave off attempts to erect border barriers to this new type of trade? The smart objects of the 21st century consist of both goods and information services, and thus are […]

WeRobot 2015 Panel 8: “Operator Signatures for Teleoperated Robots”

Authors: Tamara Bonaci, Aaron Alva, Jeffrey Herron, Ryan Calo, Howard Chizeck; Discussant: Margot Kaminski; Paper: This paper discusses legal liability and evidentiary issues that operator signatures could occasion or help to resolve. We first provide a background of teleoperated robotic systems, and introduce the concept of operator signatures. We then discuss some cyber-security risks […]

WeRobot 2015 Panel 7: “The Presentation of the Machine in Everyday Life”

Authors: Karen Levy & Tim Hwang; Discussant: Evan Selinger; Paper: As policy concerns around intelligent and autonomous systems come to focus increasingly on transparency and usability, the time is ripe for an inquiry into the theater of autonomous systems. When do (and when should) law and policy explicitly regulate the optics of autonomous systems […]

WeRobot 2015 Panel 1: “Who’s Johnny? (Anthropomorphizing Robots)”

Author: Kate Darling; Discussant: Ken Goldberg; Paper: As we increasingly create spaces where robotic technology interacts with humans, our tendency to project lifelike qualities onto robots raises questions around use and policy. Based on a human-robot-interaction experiment conducted in our lab, this paper explores the effects of anthropomorphic framing in the introduction of robotic […]

WeRobot 2015 Panel 6: “Unfair and Deceptive Robots”

Author: Woodrow Hartzog; Discussant: Ryan Calo; Paper: What should consumer protection rules for robots look like? The FTC’s grant of authority and existing jurisprudence make it the preferable regulatory agency for protecting consumers who buy and interact with robots. The FTC has proven to be a capable regulator of communications, organizational procedures, and design, […]

WeRobot 2015 Panel 10: “Personal Responsibility and Neuroprosthetics”

Authors: Patrick Moore, Timothy Brown, Jeffrey Herron, Margaret Thompson, Tamara Bonaci, Sara Goering, Howard Chizeck; Discussant: Meg Leta Jones; Paper: This paper investigates whether giving users volitional control over therapeutic brain implants is ethically and legally permissible. We believe that it is not only permissible—it is in fact advantageous when compared to the alternative […]