Upcoming Events


Our Robot Future: The Moral, Ethical, and Legal Challenges of Ubiquitous Robotic Systems (7/11/14)

Roundtable with experts Professor Ronald C. Arkin, Professor Ryan Calo, Dr. Kate Darling, Professor Illah Nourbakhsh, and Professor Noel Sharkey

Hosted by Professor Jennifer Urban - Moderated by Professor Ken Goldberg

Friday, July 11, 3:30 pm

Boalt Hall Goldberg Room

Robots are quickly moving out of controlled environments into public spaces and homes, and researchers are developing artificial intelligence systems that will allow robots to make decisions autonomously. How should society plan for this transition?

Join our panel of world-renowned experts as they identify and debate the key ethical, moral, and legal issues society faces in our “Robot Future.” Listen to the audio from the event here.

Ronald C. Arkin is Regents’ Professor, College of Computing at Georgia Tech and author of “Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots"

Ryan Calo is Assistant Professor of Law at University of Washington and author of a forthcoming California Law Review paper on how robotics will change cyberlaw

Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at MIT and author of the article “Extending Legal Protection to Social Robots - The Effects of Anthropomorphism, Empathy, and Violent Behavior Towards Robotic Objects”

Illah Nourbakhsh is Professor of Robotics and Director of CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University and author of the book Robot Futures

Noel Sharkey is Emeritus Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield and Chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control

Click here to watch a short tongue-in-cheek film on robots from the New York World's Fair in 1940, "Leave it to Roll-Oh."