The We Robot conference went very, very well. We should have videos uploaded in about a week. I’ll post links when I have them.
Meanwhile, here are some mini-videos shot by the UM Law staff during the conference.
Now I’m going to go get more rest…
Our first day of We Robot 2012 was, I think, about as great as it could be. It was particularly interesting to see papers from very different perspectives,a bout often quite different topics, converging on a set of shared concerns.
One of them is how we should think of a robot — is it a tool, like a hammer, or it something more?
The question of ‘robot agency’ will in fact be the lead-off for today’s program.
The Miami Herald did a write-up of our final panel yesterday, Brave new world of robot litigants, soldiers, escorts, which plays up the sensationalist aspects of the conference, but makes good reading. You’d never guess though that we also talked about whether robot ethics should have a deontological perspective. Then again it’s not as sensationalist as this concoction, in which the New Times took a stray remark of mine, in which I observed that it was a good thing the drones purchased by Miami-Dade police were not armed, and ran with it (We Robot 2012 Conference at UM Plans for Violent Machine Uprising).
Remote participation is easy: use the Live Video Stream or the Live Video Stream For Mobile Devices. There are links to all the papers for We Robot 2012. And we’re tweeting up a storm with hashtag #werobot.
We Robot 20112 starts in less than an hour.
I had dinner with many of the speakers last night, and I was delighted to find that one of my aims for the event seems to be coming true: many of the participants talked about the pleasure of finding — creating — a community of people with an interest in robots and society (law, economics, ethics, policy, medicine and more). There were even some people with ambitious plans to create community-building institutions.
Thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of Jessi Tamayo and the UM Law conference staff everything seems to be running like clockwork. Except the weather: it’s not just raining, it’s thundering, which is pretty unusual for Miami. I guess the bright side is that the conference participants will be less likely to mind being indoors all day — we do have a long program planned.
There will be a Live Video Stream and also a Live Video Stream For Mobile Devices. Plus links to all the papers for We Robot 2012. And we’ll be tweeting the event with hashtag #werobot.
Join in the fun!
The We Robot 2012 website is down temporarily due to a hardware failure. I’m assured by IT that it will be back up in 2-4 hours.
Update (2:15pm): All fixed now.
Update2 (4pm): We’re down again. I gather there was a second hardware fault, and the new part won’t be in until tomorrow. Terrible timing.
Update3 (4/14/12 2:30pm). Back up! IT thinks it’s all OK now.
Very nice writeup at Hizook, Robotics and the Law: The New ” We Robot ” Conference.
There’s a brief but enticing mention at Techdirt.
Three robopromos since my last update:
I’m going to be the discussant on the Kerr/Millar paper.
And we’ve now got almost all the papers online at the program.
We’ve now got the first batch of papers online:
- Lisa Shay, Gregory Conti, Woodrow Hartzog, John Nelson & Dominic Larkin, Confronting Automated Law Enforcement
- F. Patrick Hubbard, Regulation of Liability For Risks of Physical Injury From “Sophisticated Robots”
- Sinziana Gutiu, Sex Robots and Roboticization of Consent
- Kristen Thomasen, Liar Liar Pants on Fire! Examining the Constitutionality of Enhanced Robo-Interrogation
- Josh Storrs Hall, Machine Agency
- Ajung Moon, Ergun Calisgan, Fiorella Operto, Gianmarco Veruggio & H.F. Machiel Van der Loos, Open Roboethics: Establishing an Online Community for Accelerated Policy and Design Change
Today’s robopromo is Amir Rahmani on, “Micro Aerial Vehicles: Opportunity or Liability”. It begins:
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) pose a number of legal and regulatory issues when operating in national airspace. As a result, Congress tasked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with safely integrating UASs into our national airspace by 2014. However, Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs), which are small to medium-sized UASs, present additional concerns because they do not qualify for the 2014 FAA integration.
I think this sounds bad for the taco copter?
The big news today is that the papers have started coming in, and as they are received I’m linking to them not only from the relevant robopromos but also from the We Robot Program page. I hope to have them all Real Soon Now.
Today’s robopromo: Sinziana Gutiu on “Sex Robots and Roboticization of Consent”. And yes, there’s a paper linked to from there.