Robots, Privacy & Society

May 23, 2012 10:00 am

It is not hard to imagine why robots raise privacy concerns. Practically by definition, robots are equipped with the ability to sense, process, and record the world around them. Robots can go places humans cannot go, see things humans cannot see. Robots are, first and foremost, a human instrument. And after industrial manufacturing, the principal use to which we’ve put that instrument has been surveillance. This talk explores the various ways that robots implicate privacy and why, absent conscientious legal and design interventions, we may never realize the potential of this transformative technology. 

M. Ryan Calo runs the research around privacy and robotics at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. Calo researches and presents on the intersection of law and technology. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, and other news outlets. Calo serves on several advisory and program committees, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Future of Privacy Forum, the Mozilla Legal Advisory Board, and National Robotics Week. He also co-chairs the American Bar Association Committee on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to joining the law school in 2008, Calo was an associate at Covington & Burling, LLP, where he advised companies on issues of data security, privacy, and telecommunications.

This talk is free and open to the public. 
Location: UU Chumash: Building 65, Room 205 (Center Stage)

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