WE ROBOT 2014: Miami Law Hosts Conference on Legal and Policy Issues Relating to Robotics



Robotics is becoming a transformative technology. We Robot 2014, hosted by Miami Law, examines 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.

We Robot’s theme this year is "Risks & Opportunities," a topic at the intersection of law, policy, and technology of robotics, and will be held at the University of Miami on April 4-5. Now in its third year, the event returns to Miami Law after being hosted by Stanford Law School last April.

The conference is aimed at people on the front lines of robot theory, design, or development and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will operate. Professor A. Michael Froomkin is the founder of the We Robot conference and serves as this year’s Program Chair.

Among the topics to be covered at the 2014 edition of the conference are:

  • Automated law enforcement: Feasible? Desirable?
  • Does robotic email surveillance violate your privacy?
  • Legal and ethical issues arising from human-robot interaction: Will people like their robots too much?
  • Mechanical jurisprudence: What if the Chief Justice was really a robot?
  • The drones are coming – what rules should govern the development and operation of autonomous aerial robots?

We Robot also will have demonstrations of telemedicine and of automated stock trading agents.

The conference will be held at the Newman Alumni Center on the Coral Gables campus and begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, and ends Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m.

Click here for more information about the We Robot 2014 conference and to register.