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Brief Published: 20 Apr 2012

We Robot Conference


This weekend, the University of Miami School of Law in the US will host an inaugural conference exploring how technological advances in autonomous robotics are challenging existing laws and policies, titled We Robot.

Michael Froomkin, programme chair of We Robot, argues that current legislation doesn’t cover potential robot-inflicted injuries to humans. “Do you blame the manufacturer, the programmer, or the owner?” he asks. “If it’s a robot that’s capable of emergent behaviour, do you blame the neighbour that had a chat with it and taught it some bad habits? Sometimes the vocabulary isn’t even there to deal with the problem.”

Froomkin aims to create a community of thinkers to ensure robotic engineers can safely continue to innovate, with fewer legal constraints. We Robot runs from April 21-22 2012.

We Robot