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  • Bloomberg Law: Dish Claims Innocence in Robocall Suit (Audio)

    Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor at Northeastern University and former FTC senior policy advisor and Steven Calkins, a law professor at Wayne State University and former general counsel at the FTC, discuss a suit against Dish Network, which accused them of allowing their contractors to violate do-not-call laws by placing millions of robocalls to consumers. The government is seeking more than $24 billion in fines from the company, despite the fact that Dish is only valued at $22 billion. They speak with Bloomberg law hosts June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law."

  • Viewing the Road Ahead for Self-Driving Cars

    This week, General Motors announced that it would pour $500 million into the ride-sharing service Lyft, with an aim of eventually producing a fleet of self-driving cars. And the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was filled with autonomous vehicle tech tidbits from companies such as Toyota and Nvidia. But what might a future in which all cars can drive themselves do to our cities, towns, and society? Industry observers say that while it’s clear that there will be robotic cars, it’s much less clear how people will choose to use them.

     

  • NASA Aims For Regulated Drone Highways

    Happy New Year! And there’s already so much going on. We’re keeping it close to home today, to start 2016. As close as the sky above us. The Federal Aviation Administration and NASA see it getting really busy with drones. Maybe a million-plus new drones out there just in recent weeks. Amazon and Google keep pushing for drone delivery. Now NASA’s talking drone highways in the sky. This hour On Point, how we will live with drones.

    — Tom Ashbrook

  • The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars

    Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident? Patrick Lin navigates the murky ethics of self-driving cars.

  • Deep Dive: God, Science & Robotic Warfare

    Robotic warfare is no longer the realm of science fiction. From drones to the development of lethal, autonomous robotic weaponry, we take a look at the ethics of the future of killer robots and where this will ultimately lead mankind.

  • Public domain or copyrighted material?

    The song “Happy Birthday” has a long, litigious history dating back to the 1930s. Every year, people spent millions in royalties to use the song, until a class action lawsuit was brought challenging whether the owner, Warner/Chappell Music, actually owned the copyright it so aggressively enforced. Elizabeth Townsend-Gard, Tulane School of Law professor specializing in copyright law, discusses the case of “Happy Birthday.”

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