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  • Maschine entmündigt Mensch

    Date published: 
    July 15, 2016

    "Wer ein solches Verhalten für unmoralisch hält, obwohl das Leben der Nächsten gerettet wird, ist schon mitten in der Diskussion, die in den USA und in Europa eifrig geführt wird. Ron Arkin arbeitet für das Pentagon. Er entwickelt autonome Kampfroboter, die zum Äußersten bereit sind, aber zugleich Kollateralschäden vermeiden. Mit ihm und mit anderen wie Peter Asaro und Luís Moniz Pereira habe ich mich im März 2016 im Rahmen eines Symposiums zur Maschinenethik an der Stanford University getroffen.

  • Automated Vehicles Symposium 2016 (Past Event)

    July 19, 2016
    San Francisco

    Attendees will hear leading speakers, participate in interactive breakout sessions, and network with key innovators in this exciting field. Don't miss what's in store for the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2016.

    Affiliate Scholars Bryant Walker Smith and Patrick Lin are confirmed speakers. 

    For more information, visit the conference website

  • Berners-Lee: EU Should Ban Zero Rating

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee has joined with others on an open letter to European regulators and lawmakers warning them they have four days to save the open Internet in Europe, including by banning zero rating plans.

    Berners-Lee was weighing in before the end of the public comment period (July 18) on guidelines on implementing and applying EU net neutrality law, which the European Parliament adopted last fall, pointing to what he and others saw as loopholes that it was crucial to close.

  • Tesla's Autopilot Driving Mode Is A Legal Nightmare

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "The problem may be that the term autopilot may be just enough to lull drivers into the false sense that the car doesn’t need any user input, and can just simply drive itself. Ryan Calo, assistant professor of law at the University of Washington, said if drivers are deemed to be aware of the risk, it may let Tesla off the hook. “Because we’re talking about physical safety,” Calo said, “courts and regulators will likely hold Tesla to a higher standard.”

  • Is Tesla’s Fatal Crash a Setback for Self-Driving Technologies?

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "“Depending on the specific facts and the particular state’s law, Tesla could conceivably be liable to the family of the Tesla driver for the design and marketing of its autopilot system,” said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law at the University of South Carolina, who specializes in autonomous vehicle regulations.

    “Other vehicle owners might claim misrepresentation,” he said."

  • With 4 Days Left, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Lessig, And Barbara Van Schewick Beg Europe To Close Net Neutrality Loopholes

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "Europe only has a few days left to ensure that its member countries are actually protected by realnet neutrality rules. As we've been discussing, back in October the European Union passed net neutrality rules, but they were so packed with loopholes to not only be useful, but actively harmful in that they effectively legalize net neutrality violations by large telecom operators.

  • Four Days to Save the Open Internet in Europe: An Open Letter

    Author(s): 
    Barbara van Schewick
    Publication Date: 
    July 14, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Cross-posted from the World Wide Web Foundation.

    The post below is an open letter to European citizens, lawmakers and regulators, from our founder and Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Barbara van Schewick, and Professor Larry Lessig. Join the conversation in the comments below or on Twitter using #savetheinternet or #netneutrality.

    We have four days to save the open Internet in Europe

  • Property owners: Get off my lawn, Pokemon!

    Date published: 
    July 14, 2016

    "Ryan Calo, a University of Washington law professor, said private property owners may adopt a "Pokemon No Go" policy and bar players from physically entering their building or grounds. But he said there's no legal right to compel the game's creators to remove a location from its lines of code.

    "It's important to note that the Pokemon are not there on the property," he said. "What's happening is that a particular location triggers the display of a digital monster on your phone. The monster is only on your phone.""

  • Police Robots Need to Be Regulated to Avoid Potential Risks

    Author(s): 
    Elizabeth Joh
    Publication Date: 
    July 14, 2016
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    The robot used by the Dallas police department to kill Micah Johnson — the sniper who fired into a peaceful protest and killed five police officers, injuring others — was originally designed to defuse explosives. The police attached a pound of the explosive C4 to the robot, creating a makeshift weapon out of a design that was not intended to inflict harm on people. The robot was also remote-controlled, not autonomous.

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