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video | 04.11.15

The Presentation of the Machine in Everyday Life

Karen Levy, Tim Hwang

“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?”

D&S fellows Karen Levy and Tim Hwang presented a paper on The Presentation of the Machine in Everyday (discussant: Evan Selinger) at WeRobot 2015.

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