Such social and legal issues in the rapidly evolving world of robotics will be the subject of an upcoming conference at the University of Miami School of Law, We Robot 2012: Setting the Agenda, on April 21 and 22.
As robotics increasingly becomes a transformative technology, We Robot 2012 will build on existing scholarship that explores the role of robotics. The conference panelists will discuss how the increasing sophistication of robots and their widespread deployment — from the home to hospitals, public spaces, and battlefields — disrupt existing legal regimes and requires rethinking of policy issues.
We Robot 2012, design and development and those who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots operate. Guests will include Kate Darling, IP Research Specialist at MIT Media Lab and currently co-teaching "Robot Rights" at Harvard Law School; Dr. Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law; and retired Brigadier General Richard M. O'Meara, who is a professor of International Law in the Division of Global and Homeland Security Affairs at Rutgers University.
"I've really been overwhelmed by the response," said Professor A. Michael Froomkin, program chair and Laurie Silvers and Michael Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law at Miami Law. "The real challenge is to start a conversation now between people who make the robots and those who make the rules."
The conference will be held at the UM School of Law and is free and open to the public although, due to limited space, advance reservations are required.