Robot Since Karel Ĉapek’s play Rossum’s Universal Robots (1920), and Isaac Asimov’s first story on the “three laws of robotics” (1942), science fiction has paved the way for scholarly analyses on the multiple ways in which the design and construction of autonomous machines may affect pillars of the law and, vice versa, how legal rules can restrain the behaviour of such machines. Because most of these robots are not a simple sort of “out of the box” machine, their behaviour will crucially depend on the ways individuals train, treat or manage them. From the viewpoint of the robot-centred HRI (human-robot interaction), different types of contacts with humans, robot functionalities and roles, much as requirements of social skills, will affect the flow of information that individuals deem appropriate to reveal, share, or transfer, in a given context. From the stance of the human-centred HRI, people’s interaction with robots will increasingly concern the aim to embed legal safeguards into technology, e.g. what scholars dub as the principle of “privacy by design.” The aim of this workshop is to show that the future is here, for several robotic applications, such as tiny drones imperceptibly flying out there, are already impacting both rules and principles of privacy and personal data protection. In light of the new generation of consumer robots equipped with sensors, cameras, GPS, facial recognition apps, Wi-Fi, microphones and more, what Sci-Fi scenario will turn out to be real next?

organised by the University of Turin, LSTS – Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Privacy Salon vzw supported by deBuren

When? 21 January 2015 20.30-22.00

Location De Markten, Oude Graanmarkt 5, 1000 Brussels

Moderator Ugo Pagallo, University of Turin

Panel Bibi van den Berg, Leiden University, Ronald Leenes, Tilburg University

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