A Decade of Drones in America


Guest speaker:  Ryan Calo

Date of lecture:  March 20, 2018

Mr. Calo discussed the rise of drones in the United States and the legal and policy challenges drones have encountered over the past decade. These include safety, privacy, and free speech. The talk describes what is next for drones in America, with particular emphasis on the use of drones to deliver goods and services.

Ryan Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a faculty co-director (with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno) of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, a unique, interdisciplinary research unit that spans the School of Law, Information School, and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. Professor Calo's research on law and emerging technology appears in leading law reviews (California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Columbia Law Review) and technical publications (MIT Press, Nature, Artificial Intelligence) and is frequently referenced by the mainstream media (NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal). Professor Calo has testified before the full Judiciary and Commerce Committees of the United States Senate and before the German Parliament. He has been a speaker at the President Obama's Frontiers Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and NPR's Weekend in Washington. Business Insider named him one of the most influential people in robotics.

This lecture was sponsored by The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy and co-sponsored by The University Honors College, Pitt Law, and The Institute of Cyber Law, Policy, and Security.