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Submission + - Your Chance to Help Write 21st Century Robot Rules (

Froomkin writes: We Robot 2014: Risks & Opportunities is inviting submissions of paper proposals for an upcoming conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics. Contributions can be scholarly papers or works-in-progress demos by robot developers. What issues should we be planning for as robots get increasingly sophisticated and autonomous, and are deployed everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, and even to the battlefield? If the conference accepts your paper proposal, they'll pay your expenses to attend (assuming you actually write it).

Comment Not part of the US Code (Score 2) 213

This document is still technically a part of the United States Code,

No, the Articles of Confederation are not part of the US Code. They were superseded by the current US Constitution. They are not law in any way shape or form, except perhaps as an occasional interpretive guide to the current constitution when in court cases we try to compare it to the current document to argue that the new language means something different.

Repeat: The Articles of Confederation are not part of the US Code.

(But what would I know? I'm just a law prof who has taught constitutional law...)


Submission + - We Robot' Explores Robot Law & Policy

Froomkin writes: "This weekend, April 21 & 22, the University of Miami School of Law is gathering experts on the front lines of robot theory, design and development, as well as those who will design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots operate to discuss robot law and policy at We Robot 2012. All the We Robot conference papers are online, and there wil be live streaming video. Topics include automated law enforcement, to whether robots should have rights, miliary drones, sex robots, and roboethics. This isn't Laws of Robotics Isaac Asimov style, but rather the start of a long conversation about what robots should be able to do — and what happens when things go wrong. Robots that can work closely with humans will be the source of policy, regulatory, legal and – yes – philosophical problems, and it is time to start working through them."

Submission + - Mozilla to give away own security testing tools (

srikas writes: "Mozilla Corp. will release some of its homegrown security tools to the open-source community, the company's head of security said Wednesday, starting with a "fuzzer" it uses to pin down JavaScript bugs in Firefox. mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9028720&intsrc=new s_ts_head"

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