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Robotics and the Law
Robotics and the Law

Robot Paparazzi

The Wall Street Journal recently did a piece on the potential use of drones to stalk celebrities (and tail suspected adulterers).  I hope it’s not too late for me to include this example in my forthcoming book chapter on robots and privacy.  This would make a great example.  Here’s an excerpt from the WSJ:

Ms. Cummings predicted it’s just a matter of time before drone technology and safety improvements make the gadgets a common part of the urban landscape.

Privacy issues could emerge if such drones become common. While the military has rules of engagement governing drone use, there is no similar set of rules to protect privacy for domestic use of drones.

“If everybody had enough money to buy one of these things, we could all be wandering around with little networks of vehicles flying over our heads spying on us,” Ms. Cummings said. “It really opens up a whole new Pandora’s Box of: What does it mean to have privacy?”

Indeed.

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