The University of Washington School of Law hosts We Robot April 10-11, 2015. Paper abstracts are due by Nov. 3, 2014. Organizers also invite expressions of interest from potential discussants and proposals for demonstrations.
Topics of interest for the scholarly paper portion of the conference include but are not limited to:
- The impact of artificial intelligence on civil liberties, including sexuality, equal protection, privacy, suffrage, and procreation.
- Comparative perspectives on the regulation of robotic technologies.
- Assessment of what institutional configurations, if any, would best serve to integrate robotics into society responsibly.
- Deployment of autonomous weapons in the military or law enforcement contexts.
- Law and economic perspectives on robotics.
These are only some examples of relevant topics. We are very interested in papers on other topics driven by actual or probable robot deployments. The purpose of this conference is to help set a research agenda relating to the deployment of robots in society, to inform policy-makers of the issues, and to help design legal rules that will maximize opportunities and minimize risks arising from the increased deployment of robots in society.