Of Interest

  • Is Facebook a Safe Place for Social Activism?

    Date published: 
    July 8, 2016

    "“The place we all go to exercise our freedom of expression and to share opinions is a private platform run by a private company, and they don’t let us say every single thing that’s legal,” says Daphne Keller, director of intermediary liability at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society and a former head lawyer for Google’s web search team. “They only let us say the things that their policies permit. There’s good business reasons for that for them, but it’s a strange impact for us as a society sharing speech.”"

  • DALLAS: Using remote-controlled robot to kill suspect may be a first

    Date published: 
    July 8, 2016

    "But Peter Asaro, an assistant professor at the New School in New York City and a co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, wondered why, if Dallas police could detonate a bomb, they couldn’t have set off a tear gas canister attached to the robot instead.

    “There are number of critical questions,” among them whether the perceived militarization of police is appropriate, Asaro said.

  • When Police Use Robots to Kill People

    Date published: 
    July 8, 2016

    "While the Dallas event is also an outlier, the worry is that it could be a harbinger. "I hope they don’t start designing a whole series of police-armed robots," said Peter Asaro, who studies the ethical implications of military robotics and drones at The New School. "Once it becomes standard practice, it’ll be used in other instances that aren’t as cut and dry as this one.""

  • When Can Police Use a ‘Bomb Robot’ to Kill a Suspect?

    Date published: 
    July 8, 2016

    "“The situation definitely raises interesting questions,” said Peter Asaro, an assistant professor at the New School for Public Engagement in New York City and a co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control. “Who was controlling the bomb? Who was controlling the robot?”"

  • Dallas police used a robot to kill a gunman, a new tactic that raises ethical questions

    Date published: 
    July 8, 2016

    "As police departments acquire more robots that were once seen only in war zones, civilian law enforcement officers are pushing into territory forged by the CIA and the U.S. Air Force to kill terrorists, said Ryan Calo, an assistant law professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and an expert on robotics and the law.   

    “This is not the beginning of killer robotics, domestically, but it is hard to distinguish this and a drone strike,” Calo said. “The police had exhausted their other options, they thought.”

  • Bomb Robots: What Makes Killing In Dallas Different And What Happens Next?

    Date published: 
    July 8, 2016

    ""Given how many police [departments] have robots and given how versatile they are and the various uses to which they've been put, including in hostage situations, I think we'll find that there have been other examples of this," says Ryan Calo, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law who studies robotics and cyberlaw. "As far as I know, this is a first time that they've used a robot to intentionally kill someone."

  • In an apparent first, Dallas police used a robot to deliver bomb that killed shooting suspect

    Date published: 
    July 8, 2016

    "The way the robot was used in the Dallas case is likely legally no different from sending an officer in to shoot a hostile suspect, according to University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo.

    Still, the Dallas Police Department's decision to use the unit in this way could have a major effect on how the public views the increasing integration of robots into daily life, he said.

  • When will we get driverless cars? Experts say public opinion is the critical factor

    Date published: 
    July 7, 2016

    ""A tragedy tends to focus discussion in a way that a broader speculation cannot," Bryant Walker Smith said. The tragedy he was referring to was therecent fatality that occurred in a Tesla Model S that was operating in Autopilot mode. When neither the driver, Joshua Brown, nor Autopilot—an autonomous driving feature—failed to brake, the car crashed into a tractor trailer, killing the driver.

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