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Scientists, lawyers mull effects of home robots – Yahoo! News

December 7, 2009 – 12:25 pm

Legal side of this Roboethics Info Databse is about to expand – thansk to M. Ryan Calo, a residential fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet & Society, who is interested in roboethics issues from …

Fostering a culture of shared values: designing with ethics in mind

January 15, 2015 – 5:54 am

From time to time, people ask me what I think is the best way to ensure that all designers consider roboethics issues in designing their next awesome robotic product.
For example, does Google have a systematic …

CFP: The Emerging Policy and Ethics of Human Robot Interaction

January 14, 2015 – 7:06 am
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CFP: The Emerging Policy and Ethics of Human Robot Interaction
Mar 2, 2015   •   Portland, Oregon   •   Workshop @ HRI 2015
As robotics technology forays into our daily lives, research, industry, and government …

Robots Podcast: Avner Levin on Privacy, Google, and big deals

March 11, 2014 – 4:48 pm
Avner Levin

What does it mean to have giants like Google, Apple and Amazon investing in robotics? Since last December, Google alone has acquired a handful of companies in robotics, home automation and artificial intelligence. This can be pretty …

Academic Publications

March 2, 2014 – 7:14 am


Moon, A., What Should a Robot Do?: Design and Implementation of Human-like Hesitation Gestures as a Response Mechanism for Human-robot Resource Conflicts, M.A.Sc. thesis, Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada [link]


Moon, A., Parker, C.A.C., Croft, …

Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference

September 19, 2013 – 3:33 am
DARC 2013

A few days ago, I got an email that made me really sad.
It was an email that invited me to participate in the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC), which is taking place October 11-13th in New …

Robots Podcast: Peter Asaro on Autonomous Weapons

May 17, 2013 – 6:23 am
Peter Asaro

Earlier this year, there was a very exciting progress on the drone-discussions front. On behalf of Robots Podcast, I spoke with Peter Asaro from The New School in New York city about autonomous weapons systems. Peter spoke about …

The Ethical Robot License – Tackling open robotics liability headaches

May 6, 2013 – 11:03 pm
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At We Robot 2013 Diana Cooper, a JD Candidate at the University of Ottawa, presented her attempt to tackle the open source headache by proposing a new license called the Ethical Robot License (ERL). In her paper, A Licensing Approach to Regulation of Open Robotics, Cooper presents ERL as “a licensing approach to allocate liability between manufacturers and users and promote ethical and non-harmful use of open robots”.

Let’s all stop killer robots, shall we?

April 27, 2013 – 10:55 am
Photo by Peter Asaro

In November of last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) at Harvard Law School jointly published a 50-page report on the topic of killer robots.

Earlier this week, on April 23, a new global campaign named the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots was launched with the very idea of stopping killer robots. Composed of over twenty international NGOs in ten countries, the campaign’s focus is to ban the development, production and use of future lethal robot weapons or “killer robots” that could autonomously locate and neutralize human targets.

We Robot 2013: Getting down to Business

April 8, 2013 – 1:38 pm

Last year about this time, I had just finished defending her MASc thesis and had flown to Miami for the We Robot 2012 conference, hosted by the University of Miami.
Today, I am at Stanford Law …