Robots and Privacy presented at USENIX 2012

by Ryan Calo,

Summary : It is not hard to imagine why drones, telepresence, and other robotic technologies raise privacy concerns. Practically by definition, robots are equipped with the ability to sense, process, and record the world around them. Robots can go places humans cannot go, see things humans cannot see. Robots are, first and foremost, a human instrument. And, after industrial manufacturing, the principal use to which we’ve put that instrument has been surveillance. This talk explores the various ways robots implicate privacy and why, absent conscientious legal and design interventions, we may never realize the potential of this transformative technology.