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WeRobot 2015 Panel 7: “The Presentation of the Machine in Everyday Life”

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Published on Apr 29, 2015

Authors: Karen Levy & Tim Hwang
Discussant: Evan Selinger
Paper: http://bit.ly/1bMxso7

As policy concerns around intelligent and autonomous systems come to focus increasingly on transparency and usability, the time is ripe for an inquiry into the theater of autonomous systems. When do (and when should) law and policy explicitly regulate the optics of autonomous systems (for instance, requiring electric vehicle engines to “rev” audibly for safety reasons) as opposed to their actual capabilities? What are the benefits and dangers of doing so? What economic and social pressures compel a focus on system theater, and what are the ethical and policy implications of such a focus?

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