I wonder–am I the most liberal guest-poster ever at Volokh’s blog? Must surely be in the top five at least.
Category Archives: Robots
We invite submissions for the fourth annual robotics law and policy conference—We Robot 2015—to be held in Seattle, Washington on April 10-11, 2015 at the University of Washington School of Law. We Robot has been hosted twice at the University of Miami School of Law and once at Stanford Law School. The conference web site is at http://werobot2015.org.
We Robot 2015 seeks contributions by academics, practitioners, and others in the form of scholarly papers or demonstrations of technology or other projects. We Robot fosters conversations between the people designing, building, and deploying robots, and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will operate. We particularly encourage contributions resulting from interdisciplinary collaborations, such as those between legal, ethical, or policy scholars and roboticists.
This conference will build on existing scholarship that explores how the increasing sophistication and autonomous decision-making capabilities of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues. We are particularly interested this year in “solutions,” i.e., projects with a normative or practical thesis aimed at helping to resolve issues around contemporary and anticipated robotic applications.
Topics of interest for the scholarly paper portion of the conference include but are not limited to:
- The impact of artificial intelligence on civil liberties, including sexuality, equal protection, privacy, suffrage, and procreation.
- Comparative perspectives on the regulation of robotic technologies.
- Assessment of what institutional configurations, if any, would best serve to integrate robotics into society responsibly.
- Deployment of autonomous weapons in the military or law enforcement contexts.
- Law and economic perspectives on robotics.
These are only some examples of relevant topics. We are very interested in papers on other topics driven by actual or probable robot deployments. The purpose of this conference is to help set a research agenda relating to the deployment of robots in society, to inform policy-makers of the issues, and to help design legal rules that will maximize opportunities and minimize risks arising from the increased deployment of robots in society.
We also invite expressions of interest from potential discussants. Every paper accepted will be assigned a discussant whose job it will be to present and comment on the paper. These presentations will be very brief (no more than 10 minutes) and will consist mostly of making a few points critiquing the author’s paper to kick off the conversation. Authors will then respond briefly (no more than 5 minutes). The rest of the session will consist of a group discussion about the paper moderated by the discussant.
Unlike the scholarly papers, proposals for demonstrations may be purely descriptive and designer/builders will be asked to present their work themselves. We’d like to hear about your latest innovations—and what’s on the drawing board for the next generations of robots as well, or about legal and policy issues you have encountered in the design or deploy process.
How to Submit Your Proposal
Please send a 1-3 page abstract outlining your proposed paper, and a c.v. of the author(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Paper proposals accepted starting Oct. 1, 2014. See http://werobot2015.org for further information.
- Call for papers closes Nov 3, 2014.
- Responses by Dec. 14, 2014.
- Full papers due by March 23, 2015. They will be posted on line at the conference web site unless otherwise agreed by participants.
We anticipate paying reasonable round-trip domestic coach airfare and providing hotel accommodation for presenters and discussants.
And it was A Happening. The papers were strong, and the presentations if anything stronger. David Post wins for best line of the 2-day conference, and I’ll link here to his video when we have it up in a few days. (Unedited video can be found at the livestream site)
Meanwhile, however, we had some media at and around the event:
- Priska Neely, NPR, Keeping Robots in Line with the Law (download audio 4 min 6 sec)
- Joe Silver, ars technica, As human laws grapple with robots, there are no easy answers
- Kenneth Anderson, The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post), WeRobot2014 conference and the diffusion of robots into society
- Kenneth Anderson, Lawfare, WeRobot2014 Conference Underway at University of Miami
- Thomas Reinjes, Deutschlandfunk, Robocops können kein Auge zudrücken
- Karen Forero, We Robot 2014: Normativas sociales, políticas y morales, aplicadas a la Robótica.
- Camila Souza, Tech Cocktail-Miami, We Robot: The Uncertainty of Drones
- Kat Bein, New Times Blogs, Is Chief Justice John Roberts a Robot? We Robot 2014 Registration Now Open
I really think it was the best We Robot yet. I should recover soon.
We Robot 2014 is happening today and tomorrow. We have a great lineup of papers, all of which you can download and read from our Program page. There you can also see our schedule, and follow along on the livestream or via our own proprietary live video feed. Everything will be broadcast except the demos, which take place in different rooms.
The papers seem strong this year, so there’s plenty to read and think about.
I co-authored a paper this year on “self-defense against robots,” which is a fun topic. The paper is actually quite a basic application of tort law to robot issues – it’s one of those papers you write to lay a foundation for other papers. But as far as I know, no one else had written it, so I hope it is useful.
I was interviewed today by @pfunkmedia about #We_Robot. You can hear the podcast — I’m the second half.
We have a terrific program planned:
Friday, April 4th
8:00 am Check-in and Breakfast
8:30 am Introductions
Welcome and Introduction of Sponsors
A Few Words from Our Sponsors
Introductory Remarks: A. Michael Froomkin, Program Chair
8:45 am Regulating The Loop
Meg Leta Ambrose, Communication, Culture, and Technology, Georgetown University
Discussant: Elizabeth Grossman, Microsoft Corp.
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Rethinking Models of Responsibility for Semi-Autonomous Robots
Jason Millar, Philosophy, Carleton University
Discussant: Peter Asaro, School of Media Studies, The New School for Public Engagement, Stanford Law School, International Committee for Robot Arms Control
11:30 am Break
11:45 am Robots as Labor Creating Devices: Robotic Technologies and the Expansion of the Second Shift
Ann Bartow, Pace Law School
Discussant: Jodi Forlizzi, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Panel on Robots and Social Justice
Moderator: Kate Darling, MIT Media Lab
- The Canny Valley: Law, Ethics, and the Design of Robots Increasingly Able to Mimic and Invite Affection
Kenneth Anderson, Washington College of Law, American University, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, The Brookings Institution
- Consumer Cloud Robotics and the Fair Information Practice Principles: The Policy Risks and Opportunities Ahead
Kris Hauser, Computer Science and Informatics, Indiana University
Andrew A. Proia, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University
Drew T. Simshaw, Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information, Indiana University
- Professional Ethics for HRI Research, Development, and Marketing
Laurel D. Riek, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Don Howard, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
- Robots in School: Disability and the Promise (or Specter?) of Radical Educational Equality
Aaron Jay Saiger, Fordham University School of Law
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Parallel Demonstrations
Howard Jay Chizeck, Electrical Engineering & Bioengineering, University of Washington
- Automated Algorithmic Software Trading Robots: Sousveillance, and Continuous Cloud Sync Audit Trails
Avi Rushinek, University of Miami School of Business
Sara Rushinek University of Miami School of Business
5:00 pm Survey: “So, What do YOU think a robot is?” A short quiz for the audience.
Bill Smart, Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Birds of a Feather Sessions
@ Local restaurants
Saturday, April 5th
8:00 am Check-in and Breakfast
8:30 am Chief Justice John Roberts is a Robot
Ian Kerr, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine & Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa
Carissima Mathen, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Discussant: Jack Balkin, Yale Law School
9:45 am Break
10:00 am When Robot Eyes Are Watching You: The Law & Policy of Automated Communications Surveillance
Kevin Bankston, New America Foundation
Amie Stepanovich, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Discussant: Neil Richards, Washington University School of Law
11:15 am Break
11:30 am Robotics and the New Cyberlaw
Ryan Calo, University of Washington School of Law
Discussant: David Post, Beasley School of Law, Temple University
12:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Prison of Our Own Making: An Expanded View of Automated Law Enforcement
Col. Lisa A. Shay, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, United States Military Academy
Woodrow Hartzog, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Col. John C. Nelson, English & Philosophy, United States Military Academy
Col. Gregory Conti, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science & Information Technology Operations Center, United States Military Academy
Discussant: Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Panel on Domestic Drones
Moderator: Dan Siciliano, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School
- Robots, Micro-Airspaces, and the Future of “Public Space”
Peter Asaro, New School for Public Engagement, Stanford Law School, International Committee for Robot Arms Control
- Risk, Product Liability Trends, Triggers, and Insurance in Commercial Aerial Robots
David K. Breyer, Digital Risk Resources
Donna A. Dulo, U.S. Department of Defense
Gale A. Townsley, Severson & Werson PC
Stephen S. Wu, Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP
- A Legal Framework for the Safe and Resilient Operation of Autonomous Aerial Robots
Cameron R. Cloar, Nixon Peabody LLP
Donna A. Dulo, U.S. Department of Defense
- Self-Defense Against Robots
A. Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law
Zak Colangelo, University of Miami School of Law
4:45 pm Final Remarks