UW Today


July 13, 2015

Robotics and the law: When software can harm you

An artist's concept of a NASA robotic refueling mission. Shown here, cameras light the way as a tool from a robotic refueling mission approaches a satellite to cut wire, one of the steps to remotely accessing a satellite's triple-sealed fuel valve.

Twenty years in, the law is finally starting to get used to the Internet. Now it is imperative, says Ryan Calo, assistant professor in the UW School of Law, that the law figure out how to deal effectively with the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence.

September 17, 2013

Emotional attachment to robots could affect outcome on battlefield

A United States Army explosive ordnance disposal robot pulls the wire of a suspected improvised explosive device in Iraq.

As the military designs field robots to be more human or animal-like, it’s important to study whether soldiers could become emotionally attached to the mechanical tools and less willing to send them into harm’s way.

January 12, 2012

Surgical robots to provide open-source platform for medical robotics research

UW electrical engineering doctoral student Hawkeye King holds the circuit boards and connectors for the Raven II robot.

Seven identical robots created and built at the UW will be flown to campuses across the country, where they will provide the first common research platform to develop the future of surgical robotics. The robots will be display Friday at an open house.