Ryan Calo

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  • Oct 07, 2015

    Source: BBC News

    Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives. (10/7/15)
  • Sep 17, 2015

    Source: BBC

    Ryan Calo, professor of law at the University of Washington, grapples with the question of who to blame when robots go wrong, and whether there is such a thing as robot rights. (9/17/15)
  • Sep 15, 2015

    Source: USA Today

    A lawsuit filed this week in San Francisco federal court alleges Twitter is "surreptitiously eavesdropping" on people who send private messages on the social media service in violation of federal and state privacy laws. (9/15/15)
  • Sep 09, 2015

    Source: The Guardian

    We usually think of tech companies as invading our privacy – and with good reason – but in the current political climate where the FBI is aiming to vilify the encryption that is increasingly used to protect everyone’s private information, those same tech giants may be our best ally in protecting our privacy against the US government. (9/9/15)
  • Sep 07, 2015

    Source: Fusion

    Over the last year, the FBI has had harsh words for Apple, accusing the tech giant of endangering human lives and aiding criminals by turning on encryption by default on the iPhone. When Google announced it would add the feature to Android, meaning that smartphone users would need to unlock their phones for police to be able to go through them, government officials and law enforcement representatives similarly freaked out. (9/7/15)
  • Aug 18, 2015

    Source: GCN

    Push, Pull and Spill: A Transdisciplinary Case Study in Municipal Open Government, a report by the University of Washington School of Law. (8/18/15)
  • Aug 13, 2015

    Source: Marketplace

    A man in Connecticut put a gun on his drone (and was subsequently arrested for it). Doctors from Johns Hopkins used drones to move blood samples. And yet, the biggest unanswered questions around drones involve neither life nor limb. (8/13/15)
  • Aug 11, 2015

    Source: The Daily Signal

    Lawmakers are responding to controversies involving drones in neighborhoods, where increasing use (even for pizza delivery) is raising national debates over rights to privacy, property, and self-defense. (8/11/15)
  • Aug 10, 2015

    Source: boingboing

    Ryan Calo writes, "I argue in a new paper that economists and privacy advocates don't need to hate one another." (8/10/15)
  • Aug 06, 2015

    Source: KUOW

    This episode of Speakers Forum explores how surveillance and newly-emerging technologies affect our civil liberties and shape our lives. (8/6/15)
  • Jul 29, 2015

    Source: Fox News

    Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington specializing in issues with robotics, told Ars Technica that he was "a little surprised" by Sony's decision to develop drone software instead of selling hardware. (7/29/15)
  • Jul 15, 2015

    Source: The Washington Post

    In early December 2014, Brittany Nunn missed a court date. She was scheduled to fight for custody of one of her daughters, but the tide in the case had been turning in favor of the girl's father, according to Colorado law enforcement. (7/15/15)
  • Jul 14, 2015

    Source: techradar

    The world's legal systems are just now making peace with the Internet, more than 20 years after it was invented. But we're going to need to start that process all over again for robotics, argues law scholar Ryan Calo. (7/14/15)
  • Jul 02, 2015

    Source: Popular Science

    Headlines rang out across the internet that a robot killed someone in Germany. Beneath the sensationalist surface, there was a tragic truth: an industrial robot at a Volkswagen plant in Germany had indeed killed a 22-year-old worker. (7/2/15)
  • Jun 17, 2015

    Source: The Washington Post

    New features on Apple's pre-installed "Health" app will allow users to track their sexual activity, namely whether or not they used protection and the time of day they had sex. (6/17/15)
  • Jun 03, 2015

    Source: The Guardian

    Verizon, the US’s largest wireless telecom company, is developing technology with Nasa to direct and monitor America’s growing fleet of civilian and commercial drones from its network of phone towers. (6/3/15)
  • May 22, 2015

    Source: Good Morning America

    For less than about $1000, anyone can buy a drone, but some people are looking to clip its wings because of privacy. (5/22/15)
  • May 20, 2015

    Source: Wired

    There has been much talk about the use of drones by police within the United States and by the military abroad, but a subject that gets a lot less play is the use of drones at the US border. (5/20/15)
  • May 08, 2015

    Source: The Stranger

    Tech evangelists regularly preach the merits of a smarter, more connected world. A thermostat that anticipates our desired temperature! Self-driving cars! But an increasingly connected-to-the-internet world is also an increasingly vulnerable one. Especially when the things connected to the internet happen to be operating on live, human bodies. (5/8/15)
  • Apr 09, 2015

    Source: KUOW

    The Washington State Senate thinks even more regulating laws are necessary. On Wednesday senators voted unanimously to outlaw ticket bot computer software that buys up to 40 percent of the tickets for a concert before the public gets a stab at them. This is only the latest effort to regulate robots and robotic software. (4/9/15)
  • Mar 19, 2015

    Source: The Economist

    UNMANNED aircraft, otherwise known as drones, are becoming common. Many are familiar with America’s use of armed drones in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, but drones are increasingly being used by other parts of the government, as well as by companies and individuals. Drones can be far cheaper to operate than anything that requires an on-board pilot, and they are handy for making maps and taking pictures and videos. The FBI uses a small fleet of drones for law-enforcement surveillance. Customs and Border Patrol uses them to monitor the American border with Mexico (though the programme was recently found to be ineffective and expensive). Commercial drones are now regularly used for real-estate photography and to monitor oil and gas pipelines, among many other applications. (3/19/15)
  • Mar 19, 2015

    Source: The Huffington Post

    With every iPhone, iPad and iPod comes a set of densely worded documents informing you that by using these gadgets you're giving up a ton of highly sensitive information. It's perfectly legal for Apple to gobble up all this personal data because you've basically said it's allowed to do so. Worse, you might not even realize that you have. (3/19/15)
  • Mar 13, 2015

    Source: Popular Science

    There is clear momentum behind the concept of AI safety. When the non-profit Future of Life Institute released an open letter on AI safety in January, a great many people who have no professional involvement with AI signed on. But it wasn't an entirely amateur-hour affair. The signatories included computer scientists, roboticists, and legal experts. One of the latter was Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who specializes in robotics. (3/13/15)
  • Mar 12, 2015

    Source: KUOW

    The Federal Aviation Administration sent a cease and desist letter postmarked March 9 to Jayson Hanes, a YouTube user who regularly uploads drone videos. The note warned him that he was violating drone regulations by using them for commercial purposes without the proper authorization. Hanes claims that he uses drones purely as a hobby. (3/12/15)
  • Feb 19, 2015

    Source: CBC News

    There’s a revolution happening and it’s overhead. The drones are coming. From Amazon to Google, the government and your neighbours, everyone is embracing the drone. The big question is: who gets to use them, and how? (2/19/15)
  • Feb 15, 2015

    Source: The New York Times

    In an attempt to bring order to increasingly chaotic skies, the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday proposed long-awaited rules on the commercial use of small drones, requiring operators to be certified, fly only during daylight and keep their aircraft in sight. (2/15/15)
  • Feb 05, 2015

    Source: Wired

    If you want to understand why the government freaked out when a $400 remote-controlled quadcopter landed on the White House grounds last week, you need to look four miles away, to a small briefing room in Arlington, Virginia. There, just 10 days earlier, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FAA gathered for a DHS “summit” on a danger that had been consuming them privately for years: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination. (2/5/15)
  • Feb 02, 2015

    Source: SciFri

    Early Monday morning, a small drone—weighing about two pounds—crashed on the White House's South Lawn. In response to the incident, President Obama told CNN that regulatory bodies need to "make sure that these things aren't dangerous and that they're not violating people's privacy." As drones become increasingly cheap and accessible to consumers, do we have laws in place to address potential privacy concerns and violations? Ryan Calo, a law professor specializing in robotics at the University of Washington in Seattle, discusses possible ways to regulate drones and other potentially invasive technologies. (2/2/15)
  • Jan 29, 2015

    Source: The New York Times

    We are not ready for driverless cars because our public officials lack the expertise to evaluate the safety of this new class of automobiles. (1/29/15)
  • Jan 19, 2015

    Source: GeekWire

    Seattleites clearly know how to get loud at a sporting event. Now, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell wants her constituents to be equally vocal about supporting net neutrality. (1/19/15)
  • Jan 13, 2015

    Source: BBC

    Billions of dollars are pouring into the latest investor craze: artificial intelligence. But serious scientists like Stephen Hawking have warned that full AI could spell the end of the human race. How seriously should we take the warnings that ever-smarter computers could turn on us? Our expert witnesses explain the threat, the opportunities and how we might avoid being turned into paperclips. (1/13/15)

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