Academic Writing

Even (Some) Law Firms Think Robots Are The Next Big Thing

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
January 31, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

I am proud to say that I helped found the Robot Block Party in Silicon Valley. Now in its fifth year, the event brings together industry, academia, and the hobbyist community to demo robots in celebration of National Robotics Week. We held the first one in Paul Brest Hall at Stanford Law School. The second, third, and fourth Robot Block Parties took place nearby at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (where Stanford University develops driverless cars). Each event drew at least a thousand visitors.

Don’t Close Your Eyes to Surveillance Dangers: A Response to Richard Epstein

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
January 29, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Richard Epstein’s office at the Hoover Institution is less than a mile from mine at Stanford Law School, and I’ve had the pleasure to hear Richard speak to the faculty on a number of occasions. Yesterday’s Just Security post, in which Richard recommended unmodified continuation of the NSA’s bulk phone records collection is a surprising divergence from what I understand Richard’s values to be.

What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?

Author(s): 
Patrick Lin
Publication Date: 
January 22, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from The Atlantic.

On a future road trip, your robot car decides to take a new route, driving you past a Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop. A pop-up window opens on your car’s display and asks if you’d like to stop at the store. “Don’t mind if I do,” you think to yourself. You press “yes” on the touchscreen, and the autonomous car pulls up to the shop.

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