Ryan Calo

What the past of robotics law says about its future

One day, robots will present difficult legal challenges. This seems to be the consensus among commentators. And who am I to disagree? I have myself argued, right here on the digital pages of Slate, t...
15 March 2016, by and

American law needs a reboot when it comes to robots

Nearly 60 years of American case law indicate that while robot technology has been developing by leaps and bounds, the courts’ concept of robots is confused and largely stuck in the past. If we ar...
09 March 2016, by

WeRobot 2015 Keynote: The future of robotics, with R2D2 maker Tony Dyson

UPDATED 4 Mar: We're sad to report that Professor Tony Dyson, who built the original Star Wars R2-D2 droid, has died. We’re reposting this excellent video of his keynote at WeRobot to highlight his...
04 March 2016, by

Robotics-law expert Ryan Calo weighs in on drone regulations — and ‘drunk droning’ | LA Times

Thanks a lot, one person, for sending us in the wrong direction. We're now talking about locking down platforms and extra regulation just because of one guy. On Twitter, some of us had this hashtag...
05 February 2015, by

A responsible approach to artificial intelligence | Marketplace Tech

Calo recently signed an open letter that detailed his and others’ concerns over AI’s rapid progress. The letter was published by the Future of Life Institute, a research organization studying the ...
05 February 2015, by

Should we fear artificial intelligence? | BBC

Billions of dollars are pouring into the latest investor craze: artificial intelligence. But serious scientists like Stephen Hawking have warned that full AI could spell the end of the human race. How...
05 February 2015, by

A new regulatory agency for autonomous technology is needed first | Ryan Calo via New York Times

When Congress asked the Department of Transportation to determine whether a software glitch caused Toyotas to suddenly accelerate, the agency had to ask NASA. Just imagine: the nation’s top scientis...
29 January 2015, by

A horse of a different color: Ryan Calo on What robotics can learn from cyberlaw | Slate

In the early days of dot-com, the law found the Internet unsettling. That a buyer in one location could access the website of a seller in any other forced courts to revisit basic questions of jurisdic...
27 October 2014, by

Friday Q&A: Law Professor Ryan Calo | Roll Call

Ryan Calo is an assistant law professor at the University of Washington School of Law whose academic work looks at the legal and policy aspects of robotics. Technocrat talked to him about what he anti...
17 October 2014, by

Robots are not here to take your jobs | USA Today

Robots are not here to steal our jobs, nor are we at risk of any other en masse robotic movement reliant upon self-determined mechanized cognizance. In fact, nearly 100% of contemporary robotic tec...
15 October 2014, by

A call for debate on robot policy

The 1953 New Yorker cartoon that started the “Take me to your leader” meme showed two aliens newly arrived on earth asking a donkey to, effectively, give them policy guidance. This is exactly what...
24 September 2014, by

Could Jibo developer Cynthia Breazeal be the Steve Wozniak of robots? | Ryan Calo

VideoBill Gates once predicted we would have a robot in every home to go with our personal computer. James Temple of is calling Jibo—a new personal robot to be sold commercially in 2015—&l...
23 July 2014, by

Is surveillance the new business model for consumer robotics?

A discussion with Ryan Calo on Google, your personal data, and the consumer robotics market Can someone tell me: What's Google doing, making robots? Or at least: What is it doing, making such acqui...
06 May 2014, by

As human laws grapple with robots, there are no easy answers | Ars Technica

Internet law defined the vanguard of cyberlaw issues in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but Ryan Calo argues that the next wave of legal showdowns will relate to robotics, which have an altogether dif...
07 April 2014, by

WeRobot2014 conference and the diffusion of robots into society | The Washington Post

Ryan Calo (a law professor at University of Washington, a member of the WeRobot2014 organizing committee and a major intellectual in the law and technology field) has a new paper at this conference, ...
04 April 2014, by

What to do if you find a lost drone | Forbes

“I think if you find a drone, you set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s meant to be,” said legal drone expert Ryan Calo kiddingly, before more seriously suggesting calling the manufacturer ...
03 April 2014, by

Why it is not possible to regulate robots | The Guardian

Is there such a thing as a robot? An excellent paper by Ryan Calo proposes that there is such a thing as a robot, and that, moreover, many of the thorniest, most interesting legal problems on our hori...
02 April 2014, by

How drones will change your life | CNN

While it may seem that drones are set to take over our lives, the reality is a bit more complicated. Drone usage around the world is definitely picking up in the public sector, but when it comes to co...
11 November 2013, by

Legal issues with robots | Communications of the ACM

There is no question that robotic technology is making life easier, safer, or more convenient for human beings. Despite these benefits, concerns remain about what happens when robotic technology fails...
11 November 2013, by

Robots: Their rights and legal status | Australian Broadcasting Corporation

It might seem far-fetched at this stage, but robot ethics and the law is a growing field of study. It’s about their rights, it’s about our ethics and it’s also about liability. Listen to the fu...
08 October 2013, by

Delivered by drones: Are Tacocopters and Burrito Bombers the next Pony Express? | Slate

The drones are coming! The drones are coming! But this time they’re not armed with hellfire missiles. These drones are packing a new kind of heat: steaming pizzas, fresh tacos, and cold beer. ...
06 August 2013, by

Disruptions: How driverless cars could reshape cities | New York Times

By now, seeing one of Google’s experimental, driverless cars zipping down Silicon Valley’s Highway 101, or parking itself on a San Francisco street, is not all that unusual. Indeed, as automakers...
17 July 2013, by

Ryan Calo on spyware for your brain

Ryan Calo discusses how researchers at Oxford, Geneva, and Berkeley have created a proof of concept for using commercially available brain-computer interfaces to discover private facts about today's g...
18 April 2013, by

Mayor Bloomberg to NYC: Domestic drones are inevitable | NBC News

When asked if drone use by the NYPD would be a good idea, New York City mayor Bloomberg replied, "It's not a question of whether I think it's good or bad. I just don't see how you could stop that beca...
01 April 2013, by

Journalism schools start teaching students to fly drones | RT

Next generation’s Walter Cronkites won’t be learning the traditional tricks and tips used by the journalists of today. Drones could be the next big tool for newsgathering, and some journalism stud...
01 April 2013, by

The more Americans know about drones, the less they like them |

In an influential 2011 article, "The Drone as Privacy Catalyst," law professor Ryan Calo predicted that the dystopian images that drones evoke could spur much-needed reforms to American privacy law. ...
27 March 2013, by

If I fly a UAV over my neighbor’s house, is it trespassing?

Even a toy drone with an HD camera scrambles our sense of property and privacy rights. See on
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