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The dangers of trusting robots

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
August 12, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In February, a South Korean woman was sleeping on the floor when her robot vacuum ate her hair, forcing her to call for emergency help. It may not be the dystopian future that Stephen Hawking warned us about – where intelligent devices “spell the end of the human race” – but it does highlight one of the unexpected dangers of inviting robots into our home. Read more » about The dangers of trusting robots

Ban Killer Robots before They Become Weapons of Mass Destruction

Author(s): 
Peter Asaro
Publication Date: 
August 7, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week the Future of Life Institute released a letter signed by some 1,500 artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and technology researchers. Among them were celebrities of science and the technology industry—Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak—along with public intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky and Daniel Dennett. The letter called for an international ban on offensive autonomous weapons, which could target and fire weapons without meaningful human control. Read more » about Ban Killer Robots before They Become Weapons of Mass Destruction

Privacy and Markets: A Love Story

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
August 6, 2015
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Abstract:      

Law and economics tends to be skeptical of privacy, finding privacy overrated, inefficient, and perhaps even immoral. Law should not protect privacy because privacy inhibits the market by allowing people to hide useful information. 

Privacy law scholars tend to be skeptical of markets. Markets “unravel” privacy by penalizing consumers who prefer it, degrade privacy by treating it as just another commodity to be traded, and otherwise interfere with the values or processes that privacy exists to preserve.

A jail for babies: Absurdity and abuse at the American border

Author(s): 
Aseem Mehta
Publication Date: 
July 22, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The government’s approach at the edge of our nation, our southern border, mirrors the way we think of the edge of our own consciousness: a dark place to hide our most absurd and troublesome secrets.

Since December 2014, the government has paid millions of dollars to a private prison corporation to operate what may be the world’s largest internment camp for asylum-seeking women and children. Nearly 2,000 mothers and their young kids, fleeing persecution and seeking protection under international law, are currently caged and abused by our government in southern Texas. Read more » about A jail for babies: Absurdity and abuse at the American border

The FBI’s Problem Isn’t “Going Dark.” Its Problem is Going Slowly

Author(s): 
Marshall Erwin
Publication Date: 
July 16, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

It should be clear to even casual observers today that the “golden age of surveillance” thesis is fundamentally correct. We live in a time when far more data and surveillance opportunities are available to law enforcement and intelligence agencies than ever before. Even the National Security Agency has conceded the point. Read more » about The FBI’s Problem Isn’t “Going Dark.” Its Problem is Going Slowly

Real Family Values: Planning for a Future that Ensures Dignity for an Aging Population

Author(s): 
Emily Baxter
Publication Date: 
July 15, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the coming years, our nation will face myriad challenges related to the care of the growing number of aging Americans. Elder care encompasses many things, from health care to retirement security to the mental, physical, and financial costs of caring for those who cared for us. Current policies and practices for tending to the needs of elders are expensive, haphazard, and emotionally challenging. Read more » about Real Family Values: Planning for a Future that Ensures Dignity for an Aging Population

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