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2013 We Robot Confrence at Stanford

Stanford Law School hosted the 2013 We Robot Conference.

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We Robot Videos Available

Full videos of We Robot 2012 are now available in the 2012 Video Archive. We intend to have podcast-ready audio-only versions soon.

Podcast-ready MP3s are also available in the same archive.

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Important Links

Shortcuts to important We Robot 2012 conference information:

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Announcing the We Robot Bibliography Wiki

As part of the We Robot 2012 conference we have started a bibliography of scholarly writing relevant to the law and policy of robots.

Our wiki-based bibliography lists scholarly works that examine the role of robotics in society through the lenses of Ethics, Law, and Policy. It is not intended to list works devoted primarily to robotic technology.

Interest in Law and Robotics has spurred a diverse set of interdisciplinary material. A bibliography will make these interdisciplinary materials more accessible to everyone interested in the subject. We invite our conference attendees and anyone interested in law and policy issues relating to robotics to contribute citations to the We Robot Bibliography

Your contributions will help this resource be of value to policy-oriented and scholarly communities.

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Announcing ‘Birds of a Feather’ Sessions for Saturday Dinner

We are covering a lot of ground at We Robot 2012. But the potential topics of exploration are even broader. We invite participants to propose and sign up to attend Saturday evening “birds of a feather” (BoF) sessions over dinner. Want to talk drones and privacy? Driverless cars? Something else entirely? Propose a session in comments to this entry. We’ll also have signup sheets at the conference on Saturday.

Here are some suggested restaurants in Coconut Grove (near the main conference hotel) at which you could plan to meet. Conference staff will be available to help with reservations once we have some idea of the level of interest.

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Our Hashtag: #WeRobot

If you are tweeting about We Robot 2012, please use our new hashtag: #WeRobot.

(For more about hashtags see Wikipedia.)

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We Robot Program Announced

The proposals for We Robot 2012 exceeded all our expectations in both number and quality, which has allowed us to put together a very exciting event. Registration is now open.

In order to accommodate more presenters we’ve made some small alterations to the format: In addition to the planned presentations we’ve grouped sets of papers that seemed to have common themes into two panels: Social issues in Robotics, and Military Robots. Here’s the tentative schedule [UPDATE--Please note that amendments to the schedule are not reflected in this post; for the latest schedule information please see the actual Program]:

We Robot 2012: Setting the Agenda
April 21–22, 2012
University of Miami School of Law

Saturday, April 21st

8:00am
Registration and Breakfast

8:30am
Welcome
Vice Dean Patrick O. Gudridge, University of Miami School of Law

8:35am
Introductory Remarks
A. Michael Froomkin
, Program Chair

8:45am
How Should The Law Think About Robots?
Neil Richards & William Smart
Discussant: Annemarie Bridy

10:00am
Break

10:15am
Liquid Robotics
Suneil Thomas

11:30am
Break

11:45am
Confronting Automated Law Enforcement
Lisa Shay, Gregory Conti, Woodrow Hartzog, John Nelson & Dominic Larkin
Discussant: Mary Anne Franks

1:00pm
Lunch

2:00pm
Regulation of Liability For Risks of Physical Injury From “Sophisticated Robots”
F. Patrick Hubbard
Discussant: Samir Chopra

3:15pm
Break

3:30pm
Panel Presentation: Social Issues in Robotics
Moderator: Ryan Calo

  • Extending Legal Rights to Robots Based on Anthromorphism, Kate Darling
  • Sex Robots and Roboticization of Consent, Sinziana Gutiu
  • We Robot: Setting Up The Legal And Social Framework for “Robocalisation”, Olivier Lecomte & Francois Xavier Albouy
  • Liar Liar Pants on Fire! Examining the Constitutionality of Enhanced Robo-Interrogation, Kristen Thomasen

5:00pm
Reception
To be held in Student Lounge & Courtyard

6:00pm
End of First Day

Sunday, April 22nd

8:00am
Registration and Breakfast

8:30am
Machine Agency
Josh Storrs Hall
Discussant: Peter Asaro

9:45am
Break

10:00am
Micro Aerial Vehicles: Opportunity Or Liability
Amir Rahmani

11:15am
Break

11:30am
Delegation, Relinquishment and Responsibility: The Prospect of Robot Experts
Ian Kerr & Jason Millar
Discussant: A. Michael Froomkin

12:45pm
Lunch 

Lunch-time break-out: The Future of We Robot
A. Michael Froomkin
& Committee of the Whole

1:45pm
Work-in-Progress Presentation: Open Roboethics: Establishing an Online Community for Accelerated Policy and Design Change
Ajung Moon, Ergun Calisgan, Fiorella Operto, Gianmarco Veruggio & H.F. Machiel Van der Loos

3:00pmm
Break

3:15pm
Panel Presentation: Military Robotics
Moderator: Bernard H. Oxman

  • When Machines Kill: Criminal Responsibility for International Crimes Committed by Lethal Autonomous Robots, Oren Gross
  • Asleep at the Switch? How Mechanical Mercenaries Might Re-Program International Humanitarian Legal Norms, Ian Kerr & Katie Szilagyi
  • The Intersection: The Rules of War and The Use of Unarmed, Remotely Operated, and Autonomous Robotics Systems Platform and Weapons… Some Cautions, Richard O’Meara
  • The Dehumanization of International Humanitarian Law: Independently Operating Weapon System and Modern Armed Conflict, Markus Wagner

4:45
Final Remarks

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