Robots, AI and the Law (link round-up)

We Robot 2016 video recap at (April 11, 2016) – all videos at the link:

A. Moral Crumple Zones: Cautionary Tales in Human Robot Interaction (video duration 01:40:00)

B. SmartPrivacy in Human-Robot Interaction (video duration 01:20:00)

C. How to Engage the Public on the Ethics and Governance of Lethal Autonomous Weapons (video duration 01:03:00)

D. Autonomous Vehicles (video duration 02:35:00)

E. Privacy and Healthcare Robots (video duration 01:10:30)

F. Institutional Options for Robot Governance (video duration 01:31:30)

G. Will #BlackLivesMatter to RoboCop? (video duration 01:16:30)

H. Siriously? Free Speech Rights for Artificial Intelligence (video duration 01:20:30)

I. What Do We Really Know About Robots and the Law? (video duration 01:13:00)

Hearing on the “The Legal and Ethical Aspects of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence” – European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (April 21, 2016)

Hearing Agenda (single page pdf)

Link to the recorded video of the hearing. The relevant portion begins at 00:54:30 (total length of hearing: approximately 2 hours, 21 minutes)

Robots in American Law presentation by law professor Ryan Calo at the University of Texas Law School (March 22, 2016). Two videos: main presentation (video duration 01:08:00) and a conversation with Ryan Calo (video duration 00:15:00). See also: Robots in American Law – Ryan Calo (University of Washington Law School) (pdf; 44 pages)

What Is a Robot? The Question is More Complicated Than it Seems (March 22, 2016) – Adrienne Lafrance in The Atlantic

Four Reasons America’s Laws Governing Robots Are Terrifyingly Outdated; Robots are Evolving Faster Than the Laws That Rule Their Existence (March 29, 2016) – Sarah Sloat in Inverse

The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech’s Future (March 25, 2016) and Silicon Valley Looks to Artificial Intelligence for the Next Big Thing (March 27, 2016) – New York Times. See also: AI Hits the Mainstream (March 28, 2016) – MIT Technology Review

Let Artificial Intelligence Evolve; That Way, It’ll Be Moral (April 18, 2016) – Michael Chorost in Slate

Robots Are Learning to Fake Empathy (April 6, 2016) – MotherBoard

What the Scarlett Johansson Robot Says About the Future; Courts Need to Grapple with New Questions Raised by Increasingly Technology-Savvy Fans (April 7, 2016) – Margot E. Kaminski in Slate

Flash Forward podcast: “Rude Bot Rises” on conscious artificial intelligence (podcast length: 00:30:45) (April 5, 2016)

Humans Can’t Escape Killer Robots, but Humans Can Be Held Accountable for Them (April 15, 2016) – P.W. Singer and August Cole at ViceNews

Terrifyingly Convenient; A.I. Assistants Can Give You the News, Order You a Pizza, and Tell You a Joke and All You Have To Do is Trust Them – Completely (April 3, 2016) – Will Oremus in Slate

Chat Bots, Conversation and AI as an Interface (March 30, 2016) – Benedict Evans


Robots and the Law – New Academic Paper

Robots in American Law – Ryan Calo (University of Washington Law School) (pdf; 44 pages)

Related: Meet the Guy Running Our Robot Future – Observer interview with Ryan Calo

Robotics Conference: We Robot 2016, April 1 and 2, 2016, Coral Gables, Florida

Robot Law: book of collected law of robotics research ($, Edward Elgar Publishing)


Robot Walks Around, Carries Boxes and Takes a Hit in New Video (February 24, 2016) – New Scientist on new Boston Dynamics video of its Atlas robot

The Robots Are Coming for Wall Street (February 25, 2016) – New York Times

Is It Ok to Torture a Robot? (March 3, 2016) – Inverse


Robotics Law and Policy

The reading syllabus (pdf; two pages) for Professor Ryan Calo’s (University of Washington) course on law and robotics – an excellent resource for those interested in robotics/drones/AI. Among other things, it includes Professor Calo’s own paper, Robotics and the Lessons of Cyberlaw, 103 California Law Review (forthcoming 2015), and Professor Jack Balkin’s (Yale) The Path of Robotics Law, 5 California Law Review Circuit (forthcoming 2015).


The agenda (and conference roundup) for the “We Robot 2015” conference on robotics, law and policy recently held at the University of Washington, including links to various academic papers such as Woodrow Hartzog’s Unfair and Deceptive Robots

What is a Robot, Anyway? – Harvard Business Review

If a Robot Kills Someone, Who is to Blame? – The Globe and Mail

The Myth Of AI: A Conversation With Jaron Lanier – Edge; and a response: Why I Don’t Worry About a Super AI – Kevin Kelly at Technium

Robots for Humans: Addressing the Engineering Challenges – IHS GlobalSpec