We Robot 2012

by Marc on March 22, 2012

The Law School of the University of Miami is hosting a fascinating conference.

We Robot 2012 is an inaugural conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics to be held in Coral Gables, Florida on April 21 & 22, 2012.

Robotics seems increasingly likely to become a transformative technology. This conference will build on existing scholarship exploring the role of robotics to examine how the increasing sophistication of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, and even to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues.

I would list some of the topics but really, there isn’t one on the list I wouldn’t want to attend. Admittedly, I would be way out of my depth on The Intersection: The Rules of War and The Use of Unarmed, Remotely Operated, and Autonomous Robotics Systems Platform and Weapons… Some Cautions, but the first day’s panel presentation, Social Issues in Robotics, sounds much more accessible to someone with a bit of background.

Perhaps it was a lack of foresight, but my 8-year old self never imagined that he’d see Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics be applicable outside of fiction. We live in interesting times.