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  • - Silicon Beat
    We’ve got cars without drivers out there. Companies are testing drone delivery. Specialized robots are being used inside and outside factories. Ethical, societal and legal concerns surrounding automation and robotics abound. So a new Brookings Institute report says it’s time for a federal commission for robotics.
     
    Ryan Calo, assistant professor at the University of the Washington School of Law and formerly at the Center for the Internet and Society, wrote the report. He believes robotics will bring about such a profound change that a new government agency is necessary.
    (9/19/14)
  • - The Washington Post
    Why does the United States needs a new federal commission focused solely on understanding our robot future? The real question is, why don't we?
     
    Ryan Calo is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law, and in a new paper out from Brookings he makes the case that a new Federal Robotics Commission would help make sense of the various technology applications that separate human agency from execution. 
    (9/15/14)
  • - U.S. News & World Report
    That sounds very convenient, but it also raises questions about where data is stored and how it is used by those with access to it. Apple recently faced cybersecurity backlash after the hackers stole nude photos from iCloud online storage accounts owned by movie star such as Jennifer Lawrence, which the company said was due to poor password protection by the users, not a data breach of its systems.
     
    “It’s a reminder that anything you put in the cloud – even things you think are gone after deleting them – can still be there,” says Ryan Calo, assistant professor of law at the University of Washington.
    (9/10/14)
  • - Verdict Justicia Bitcoin confounds lawmakers as they try to figure out what it is and how it should be regulated. The Bitcoin Foundation notes that Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money. But is it money? Some call it a new form of virtual currency. Others have lauded it as a new type of payment system. So what is it? And why does it matter? (9/9/14)
  • - U.S. News & World Report Study skills and long-term financial planning are on the agenda at many law schools' orientations.​ (9/2/14)
  • - The Seattle Times Attorneys will gather Wednesday to argue whether the state Supreme Court should find lawmakers in contempt for not making enough progress toward adequately funding Washington’s public schools. (9/2/14)
  • - Tech Times Though militarized drones strike terror into the hearts of those on the ground below, Google wants its autonomous aircraft to bring hope as the micro air vehicles deliver aid to those affected by disasters. (8/29/14)
  • - The Wall Street Journal
    "I don't know that Google is much better positioned than Amazon or anyone else in terms of technology, but the company has a track record of being influential in terms of policy," said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who studies robotics and privacy.
     
    Earlier this year, the FAA said it didn't contemplate autonomous drone delivery, effectively grounding Google's and Amazon's ambitions for now, Mr. Calo noted. However, he said having both Google and Amazon working to change the FAA's view increased their chances of success.
    (8/29/14)
  • - EuroMoney The CureCoin Forum has teamed up with Stanford University to launch a new ethical cryptocurrency that aims to find cures for common, life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, by bringing together science and the craze for cryptocurrencies. (8/29/14)
  • - The Atlantic One area where Google will almost certainly have a major impact is in shaping the regulations that ultimately govern unmanned aircraft. “To a far greater degree than Amazon, Google has a history of working with policymakers and stakeholders on technology reform,” the University of Washington’s Ryan Calo, an expert on drone regulation, said. “Think net neutrality, fair use, privacy, and recently transportation. Adding Google’s voice could have a significant effect on regulatory policy toward drones.” (8/28/14)
  • - Smithsonian Previously, in the age of the studio photo, “you had to sit there and pose. You not only had to give your consent, you had to cooperate a lot,” notes Ryan Calo, an assistant professor of law at the University of Washington who specializes in privacy issues. With a hand-held camera, a picture could be taken of you unawares. (8/25/14)
  • - Oregon Live
    Now, voters in Washington state are confronted with a choice about whether or not requiring more background checks on additional kinds of gun sales would prevent similar tragedies.
     
    Two rival ballot initiatives pit one side of the political spectrum against the other in an irreconcilable clash of views. With gun debate heavyweights and big-name backers like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates entering the fray, the outcome could have national implications.
    (8/22/14)
  • - Venture Beat Google’s self-driving cars are designed to exceed the speed limit by up to 10 miles per hour because stubbornly obeying the law can be a danger to everyone on the road. The legal and philosophical consequences of this fact are fascinating. (8/19/14)
  • - The Washington Post The all-new version of Foursquare, announced Wednesday, “learns what you like, leads you to places you’ll love,” and tracks your every movement even when the app is closed. “I am not surprised to see Foursquare move to passive collection of location information. It seems to be something of a trend,” said Ryan Calo, professor at University of Washington School of Law. “The concern for consumers is that Foursquare or its partners will use this information in a way that surprises and disadvantages consumers.” (8/7/14)
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