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  • 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?”"

  • 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.""

  • 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.

  • 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 Police Believed to Be First to Use Robot Lethally

    Date published: 
    July 8, 2016

    "“Police are permitted to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, but what does it mean...when the police may be far away?” said Elizabeth Joh, a criminal law professor at the University of California Davis. “Do we want lethally armed police robots to become an ordinary part of policing? Do we want such robots to have artificial intelligence? The Dallas incident shows that these aren’t just fanciful hypotheticals.”"

  • Dallas Police’s ‘Bomb Robot’ Raises Sticky Questions

    Date published: 
    July 8, 2016

    "“The legal framework for police use of force assumes human decision-making about immediate human threats,” Elizabeth Joh, a professor of law specializing in policing and technology at the University of California Davis, told HuffPost. “What does that mean when the police are far away from a suspect posing a threat? What does ‘objectively reasonable’ lethal robotic force look like?”

  • 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.

  • Someone is watching your Uber driver

    Date published: 
    July 5, 2016

    "“With each degree of greater control that is exercised over the driver, Uber may find itself traveling down a path where a court might say there is an inadequate buffer of keeping these drivers independent contractors,” said Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University."

  • Court ruling in child-porn case stirs privacy fears

    Date published: 
    July 5, 2016

    "“This is the opinion of one court judge,” said Andrea Matwyshyn, a law professor at Northeastern University. “Other courts will, at best, find this to be data. It is information about the way that one court ruled in a particular set of facts. And other courts may choose not to analyze similar facts.”"

  • EU citizens might get a ‘right to explanation’ about the decisions algorithms make

    Date published: 
    July 5, 2016

    "While the new provision may seem great at first glance, the word “solely” makes the situation a little more slippery, says Ryan Calo, a University of Washington law professor who focuses on technology. Calo explained over email how companies that use algorithms could pretty easily sidestep the new regulation.

    “All a firm needs to do is introduce a human—any human, however poorly trained or informed—somewhere in the system,” Calo said. “[V]oila, the firm is no longer basing their decision ‘solely on automated processing.'”

  • Tesla Autopilot death highlights autonomous risks

    Date published: 
    July 1, 2016

    ""The reality is that the public and regulators won't tolerate that kind of risk-taking even if over 50 years it means more people are saved," said Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law who has studied the legal and ethical ramifications of this technology for years."

  • Tesla Crash Could Hurt Industry

    Date published: 
    July 1, 2016

    ""For years people have been saying the technology is ready, and it's one of my pet peeves, because no it's not," said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and an expert on autonomous driving issues."

  • Experts: Tesla could be liable in fatal autopilot crash

    Date published: 
    July 1, 2016

    "Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor with the school of law at the University of South Carolina who specializes in autonomous vehicle regulations, said it could be argued the notifications with Autopilot aren’t sufficient.

    “The fact that Tesla recognized and warned of misuse does not give it a get-out-of-liability-free card,” he said. “Lots of claims can be made about design of the system, level of supervision of the user and interaction.”" 

  • Traffic deaths climb 7.7% in 2015 to the highest toll since 2008

    Date published: 
    July 1, 2016

    ""Fatalities increased much more than vehicle miles traveled," said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law at the University of South Carolina who has studied traffic safety and new technology. "Anecdotal evidence suggests that drivers are increasingly distracted and dangerous. At some point, we need to decide whether we will actually treat distracted and aggressive driving as a socially unacceptable behavior on par with its risk.""

  • Man arrested after Twitter threats are made against U.S. senators

    Date published: 
    June 29, 2016

    "“The accused in this case could (and may well) raise . . . First Amendment challenges” to the Twitter ban, Scott Shackelford, a professor of cybersecurity law at Indiana University said in an email. But, he added, “the threatening nature of the Tweets in question” could be used to justify the ban."

  • Facebook is using your phone’s location to suggest new friends—which could be a privacy disaster

    Date published: 
    June 28, 2016

    "“Using location data this way is dangerous,” said Woodrow Hartzog, a law professor at Samford University, via email. “People need to keep their visits to places like doctor’s offices, rehab, and support centers discreet. Once Facebook users realize that the ‘People You May Know’ are the ‘People That Go To the Same Places You Do,’ this feature will inevitably start outing people’s intimate information without their knowledge.”"

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