◐ Robots Conference @ Columbia University Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies


On Dec. 9th, I gave at talk at Columbia’s School of Public and International Affairs (SIPA) on Freedom and Security in the Robotics Age.

In this intro to Robotics Policy issues, I presented four ‘phases’ of public policy concerns in robotics, each illustrated by a an object that embodied each wave of concerns: first Furbys, then Self-Driving Cars, then Drones and finally… Cyborgs. My talk was moderated by Captain Shawn Lonergan (US Army), below are links to the event and an abstract, but I should be able to publish a write-up of the intervention soon.

Abstract – As we surround ourselves with robots, autonomous or not, from the ground to the sky, we are facing policy questions we thought pertained to the realm of science-fiction. We build drones for both war and investigative journalism, plan to put self-driving cars on the road and design social robots to care for elders: what are the implications for our freedom and security? What are the social, ethical and policy questions we must address? For instance, how does the current debate about privacy, data collection and surveillance play out in an age in which we surrender more and more of our autonomy to machines?

Links – http://www.siwps.com/events/augmented-humanity-drones-self-driving-cars-furbys.html


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