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Student Job: ‘We Robot 2021′ Conference Manager

Copright 'brizzle born and bred' Some rights reserved, need to hire one or more law students to help manage ‘We Robot’, a major conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics, to be hosted by the law school on April 8-10, 2021. It may be live, virtual, or both, we don’t know yet. The job requires organization skills and writing skills. While there are many miscellaneous tasks involved, the three biggest jobs before the event will be: 1) Managing the flow of proposed and then later accepted or rejected papers; 2) Writing online summaries of all the accepted papers; 3) Helping out with fundraising.

Workflow is unfortunately somewhat erratic; there will be slow weeks and weeks with up to 10 or even 15 hours of work. You would also be asked to attend and assist with the conference.

To apply please email me at, attaching your c.v., an unofficial transcript, and (if you have one) either a non-legal writing sample (preferred) or a paper written to satisfy a law school writing requirement other than LCOMM, plus some dates and times you would be available for a zoom interview in the week of Aug 24th. Please put WE ROBOT 2021 and your name in the subject line of your email..

Salary is at the UM Research Assistant pay scale, which is $13/hr for new hires.  UMiami Law 2Ls and 3Ls are welcome to apply. I regret that I am unable to pay students from other law schools.

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Too Real for Comfort

“Bosstown Dynmaics” (to be confused with Boston Dynamics) offers us this video of a not-very-hard-to-imagine future of robotic policing:

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WeRobot 2020 Submission Deadline Extended to Oct 7

Full details in the WeRobot 2020 Call for Proposals.

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The Robots Are Coming

Police in Washington County, Oregon, have responded to a distress call from a woman claiming her home was being burgled, only to discover a robotic vacuum trapped inside the bathroom.

Woman calls 911 over home invader. It was a Roomba.

Of course some day, someone really will figure out how to use a robot to do a burglary.  Or, more likely, subvert one via your smart home.

We’ll be talking about what robots are actually coming, what they may do, and how we should prepare for it, at We Robot 2019, which starts tomorrow. Advance registration is closed, but on-site registration will be available.

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We Robot 2019 – Read the Papers, Register for the Conference

Full text of the papers to be presented at We Robot 2019 are now available on our Program page. If you are attending We Robot you should read the papers before the conference.

We Robot doesn’t work like ordinary conferences: other than on panels, most authors do not present their papers. Rather, we assume everyone has done their homework, and go straight to the response by our expert discussants. What’s more, the discussants only speak for a short time, and then we open it up to your questions and comments. his makes for a much more interesting and engaging events, and takes advantage of the terrific people who come to We Robot – but it does mean that if you haven’t read the papers, you won’t be ready to take full part.

If you want to attend We Robot, please don’t forget to register.

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We Robot 2019 Video Promo

The good folks in A/V re-purposed some footage we shot for incoming students, and now we have a We Robot promo:

I think the camera adds at least ten pounds…

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