Due to an aside I delivered in class, my Administrative Law students have expressed an interest in celebrating Groundhog Day, which is Feb. 2. My initial reaction was a bit negative: How, living in Florida, can this be anything but an ironic, even potentially offensive, celebration? Indeed, can we in Miami plan to celebrate whether winter will continue without giving the impression of rampant schadenfreude? Not to mention that our interests are probably the reverse of most the country’s: winter is good for us! It’s usually nice out (although this December was unseasonably hot).
But despite all this, I’m warming to the idea. Why not?
But this just leads me to another problem: How, in the absence of an actual groundhog (please no one bring one to class!) do we celebrate Groundhog Day. We are not going to watch the movie starring Bill Murray much as I do like it; it’s long and we have work to do. Other than that, or projects aimed at first graders, the web has been surprisingly little help…..
After the spring semester, the U.S. Postal Service contract station on campus will have a new home with enhanced hours and days of service. By this summer, all mail services offered at the post office behind the University of Miami Bookstore will be available at a kiosk inside the store Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Currently, the stand-alone post office operates from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and does not open on Saturdays.
“The University has long prided itself on offering students and the rest of the UM community convenient, dependable, courteous, and timely mail services and, with this transition, mail services will be even more convenient and dependable,” said Humberto Speziani, assistant vice president for business services. “The new post office will offer an additional hour of service every day and an extra day of service every week.”
The post office will be moving into a bigger, better bookstore, too. At the end of the spring semester, the bookstore is slated to undergo a major renovation and expansion. Enhancements include the addition of a second entrance, a new UM adidas store, and an expanded technology section with a wider selection of Apple, Dell, and other technology products.
Apparently that word–“bookstore”–no longer means what I think it does.
We’ve got an absolutely spectacular program lined up for We Robot 2016. It’s a little crowded, but that’s because we got so many great submissions, many of which we still had to turn away. Register now for this action-packed event: April 1 & 2 for the main program, plus special workshops on March 31.
Thursday, March 31
9:00am Check-in & breakfast
9:30am Juris Machina: Legal Aspects of Robotics
Organizer: Woody Hartzog, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
11:15am Electronic Love, Trust, & Abuse: Social Aspects of Robotics
Organizer: Kate Darling, Research Specialist at MIT Media Lab. Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
2:00pm “The Robot Revolution has been Rescheduled (until we can debug the sensors)”: Technical Aspects of Robotics
Organizer: William D. Smart, Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University
3:45pm Funding the Future: Financial Aspects of Robotics
Organizer: Dan Siciliano, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School
5:15pm Wrap up
Friday, April 1st
Check-in and Breakfast
Welcome Remarks: Patricia White, University of Miami School of Law Introductory Remarks and Introduction of Sponsors: A. Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law, Program Chair
Moral Crumple Zones: Cautionary Tales in Human Robot Interaction Madeleine Elish, The Intelligence & Autonomy Initiative, Data & Society Discussant: Rebecca Crootof, The Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Privacy-Sensitive Robotics: Initial Survey and Future Directions Matthew Rueben, Personal Robotics, Oregon State University Discussant: Ashkan Soltani, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
How to Engage the Public on the Ethics and Governance of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Jason Millar, Philosophy, Queen’s University Discussant: Peter Asaro, School of Media Studies, The New School for Public Engagement, Stanford Law School, International Committee for Robot Arms Control
Demonstration: Legal and Ethical Implications for Robots in our Life Olivier Guihelm, Aldebaran, SoftBank Robotics
Hot Topic: Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous Vehicles, Predictability, and Law Harry Surden, University of Colorado Law School Connect Cars – Recent Legal developments Françoise Gilbert, The IT Law Group Discussant: Dan Siciliano, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School
Robots Again: Thoughts On the Origins and Direction of Robotics Law Ryan Calo, University of Washington School of Law Discussant: Chris Yoo, Communication, and Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Poster Session & Reception
7:00pm Birds of a Feather Sessions@ Local restaurants
Saturday, April 2nd
Registration and Breakfast
Privacy and Healthcare Robots – An ANT analysis Aurelia Tamo, The Chair for Information and Communication Law and Visiting Researcher, The Institute for Pervasive Computing, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Christoph Lutz, Institute for Media and Communications Management, University of St. Gallen Discussant: Matt Beane, MIT Sloan School of Management
Institutional Options for Robot Governance Dr. Aaron Mannes, Apex Data Analytics Engine, HSARPA Department of Homeland Security Discussant: Harry Surden, University of Colorado Law School
Will #BlackLivesMatter to RoboCop? Peter Asaro, School of Media Studies, The New School for Public Engagement, Stanford Law School, International Committee for Robot Arms Control Discussant: Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law
Special Event: Policy, Law, and Robotics in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Raj Madhavan, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institute for Systems Research & Maryland Robotics Center at the University of Maryland
Demonstration: Openrov And Openrov Trident: Democratizing Exploration, Conservation, And Marine Science Through Low-Cost Open-Source Underwater Robots Andrew Thaler, OpenROV David Land, OpenROV
Siriously? Free Speech Rights for Artificial Intelligence Helen Norton, University of Colorado School of Law Toni Massaro, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Discussant: Margot E. Kaminski, Ohio State University
What do We Really Know About Robots and the Law? William D. Smart, Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University Discussant: Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, and Department of Philosophy.
Final Remarks: A. Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law