Ryan Calo

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  • Jun 19, 2017

    Source: Gizmodo

    Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, said this clearly violates a user’s expectation of what will happen based on the design of the site. (6/19/17)
  • May 19, 2017

    Source: Motherboard

    Thanks to complaints from Uber drivers, who were beginning to suspect that the ridesharing company was charging customers more with "upfront pricing" but not paying drivers more in turn, on Friday Uber admitted in a Bloomberg report to using AI to find the upper limit of what people are willing to pay for a ride based on their route in 14 cities. (5/19/17)
  • May 09, 2017

    Source: Motherboard

    "To have 100 people [at Carnegie Mellon] and to take 40 is rather dramatic," said University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo, who co-authored a paper on the pitfalls of the sharing economy, over the phone. "I do think that in many contexts Uber has been somewhat predatory, so it doesn't surprise me. Uber seems to live larger than life in this way." (5/9/17)
  • Apr 25, 2017

    Source: Ars Technica

    Ryan Calo, a law professor and drone expert at the University of Washington, told Ars that federal authorities could bring a case if they wanted to.

    “It would seem that, in theory, you could prosecute an individual for destroying a drone.” he said in a phone interview. “That seems a rather draconian approach, so I’m not surprised the FAA has not pursued it. This is a flexible enough statute that they could bring a case.” (4/25/17)
  • Apr 03, 2017

    Source: New York Magazine

    A new story highlights the creepy ways in which Uber tries to wring the most profit out of its drivers. (4/3/17)
  • Apr 02, 2017

    Source: The New York Times

    The start-up has undertaken an extraordinary experiment in behavioral science to subtly entice an independent work force to maximize company revenue. (4/2/17)
  • Mar 30, 2017

    Source: Crosscut

    The robot cars are coming, like it or not. And local researchers say Seattle better be prepared. From BMW to Ford, car companies say they aim to introduce fully automated cars in only a few years. (3/30/17)
  • Mar 24, 2017

    Source: Ars Technica

    Ars spoke with two legal experts who found the judge’s conclusions in this case to be sound. Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, said that he agreed with the judge’s opinion. "To get into a federal forum you have to meet federal criteria, and I agree that they have not been met here," he told Ars. (3/24/17)
  • Mar 23, 2017

    Source: USA Today

    However, the FCC rules did establish that there is "a set of consumer expectations that were being met," said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington. "Now we go back to a place where (ISPs) really have to do something egregious to get caught," not to mention concerns about what agency has the authority, he said. “It’s fair to say that the people who are happy about today's vote are Comcast, Verizon, Charter and AT&T and not consumers," Calo said. (3/23/17)
  • Mar 11, 2017

    Source: Wired

    One thing missing from the regs: any driving test to pass before letting the robot fly solo. Instead, companies will “self-certify” their vehicles. “That’s like me going to the DMV and saying, believe me, I’m an excellent driver,” says Ryan Calo, who studies robotics law at the University of Washington School of Law. “It makes me a little nervous, honestly.” He would rather see a common requirement, or at least have a third party check the cars out before they hit the public streets. (3/11/17)

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