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  • Will driverless cars mean computer crashes?

    Date published: 
    September 30, 2012

    It will take Google 300 million miles of driving without fatal incident - Bryant Walker Smith, of Stanford Law School, believes - to prove that autonomous cars are significantly safer.

  • Net Neutrality Issues and Barbara van Schewick’s “Internet Architecture and Innovation” Book

    Date published: 
    September 28, 2012

    In her book, “Internet Architecture and Innovation,” Professor Barbara van Schewick states that the Internet’s remarkable growth has been fueled by innovation; and she argues that this explosion of innovation is not an accident, but a consequence of the Internet’s architecture. The technical choices regarding the Internet’s inner structure were made early in its history.

  • Self-Driving Cars

    Date published: 
    September 27, 2012

    A green light in California this week for self-driving cars. Not flooding the highways yet, no. But on their way. Cars where your hands are not on the wheel. Your foot not on the brake. Cars that will take you – one day, we’re told – where you want to go. You snooze, they cruise… someday.

  • Technology soon to make drones deadlier, more autonomous

    Date published: 
    September 27, 2012

    The advance drones could pose significant problems in the future. Stanford researchers Ryan Calo and Patrick Lin warn that there is a small chance that an advanced drone that does not rely on human controls, could go rouge in combat.

    “Autonomous robots are likely to be learning robots, too,” Lin told the Dispatch. “We can’t always predict what they will learn and what conclusions they might draw on how to behave.”
  • Spies Like Us: We’re All Big Brother Now

    Date published: 
    September 27, 2012

    Even our traditional definition of "privacy" may no longer apply in a world of omnipresent cameras and recorders, according to Woodrow Hartzog, assistant professor at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, where he writes on privacy and human engagement with electronics. "Privacy has really ceased to be helpful as a term to guide policy in the United States," he says, "because privacy means so many different things to so many different people.

  • Governor Brown Paves the Road for Hands-Free Driving in California

    Date published: 
    September 26, 2012

    Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that would create safety standards for driverless cars - or “intelligent transportation” - in California.

    The bill effectively legalizes autonomous driving - once the technology catches up. And it’s not far off. Tech researchers and automakers at the forefront of the movement predict that we’ll be seeing robo-cars on the road by 2015; by 2040, they say, drivers’ licenses may be obsolete.
     
    CIS Resident Fellow Bryant Walker Smith interviewed.

     

  • How Much Data Can Facebook Collect Before the FTC Gets Involved?

    Date published: 
    September 24, 2012

    Facebook has defended its new in-store tracking partnership with Datalogix, which gives Facebook access to our offline shopping habits via our rewards cards, by explaining that it doesn't violate any Federal Trade Commission regulations. Facebook says it will anonymize the data and is only interested in showing advertisers how their ads are converting to new sales. But it  led us to ask what exactly the FTC does protect in the data collection department.

  • Facebook Stops Asking Users To 'Snitch' On Friends With Fake Names

    Date published: 
    September 24, 2012

    “Facebook’s insistence that it will ‘not be using this data for enforcement actions’ puts the company and users in a difficult position,” says law professor Woodrow Hartzog. “If Facebook is openly admitting that it is not going to enforce its own policies when it knows these policies have been violated, how should users gauge the importance of these terms? Alternatively, if Facebook does plan to enforce its ‘real names’ policy, is it really going to be willfully ignorant of this pile of data that could help Facebook pinpoint which users are violating its agreement?

  • Deadlier drones are coming

    Date published: 
    September 23, 2012

    "There's no plan for humans to be totally out of the loop," says Ryan Calo, a Stanford University researcher. "But there are pressures that create incentives for ever more autonomy," he adds.

    Military robots are potentially indiscriminate,” says Patrick Lin, another Stanford researcher. “They have a difficult time identifying people as well as contexts, for instance, whether a group of people are at a political rally or wedding celebration.”

     

  • Ask the experts: Drones

    Date published: 
    September 14, 2012

    Is there any indication of cost effectiveness and / or life preservation by the use of drone strikes?

    Ryan Calo: It turns out that the bigger military drones used to deploy missiles are expensive; one government report suggested that the costs associated with owning and maintaining certain drones were comparable to manned aircraft.  But they do lower the risks to American soldiers and, some say, to foreign citizens (by lowering collateral damage).  Smaller scout planes like the Raven are much less expensive and, by most accounts, very useful.

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