We Robot 2019

April 11-13 at UM Law School

What is the relationship between humans and their weapons in the age of autonomous armament and who bears criminal responsibility for war crimes? Are autonomous vehicles a no-win for drivers and passengers? These, and other timely topics, will be discussed, debated, and dissected at We Robot 2019.


WHO: “We Robot fosters conversations between the people designing, building, and deploying robots and those who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will operate,” said founder A. Michael Froomkin, the Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law. “Papers and presentations are often interdisciplinary collaborations relating to how citizens and officials are or will be using robots, AI, and related technologies, and the implications of those technologies for policy and for law; the discussions sparked by those papers are even more diverse.”


Froomkin will be joined by Ryan Calo, co-director of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab; and Kate Darling, a research specialist at the MIT Media Lab and an affiliate at the Harvard Berkman Center, as well as an impressive group of academics and policymakers who are identifying issues facing society in the next five to 10 years.


WHEN: The premier conference on law and policy as it relates to artificial intelligence and robotics, We Robot returns to home base on April 12 and 13 (April 11 for workshops) on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami. Now in its eighth year, We Robot 2016 builds on existing scholarship that explores how the increasing sophistication and autonomous decision-making capabilities of robots and their widespread deployment in homes, hospitals, public spaces and battlefields requires rethinking existing legal and policy structures. The one-day series of preliminary workshops are designed to help bridge gaps between different professions.


WHERE:  The conference will be held at the Newman Alumni Center6200 San Amaro Drive, on the Coral Gables campus.


MORE: The conference offers 22.5 Florida CLE credits, including 1.5 in ethics, pending approval, and is open to the public. General registration: $149.00; full time academic: $99.00; full time students and UM faculty: $35.00. The Thursday Workshop cost is $45.00.