Joshua Bleiberg has a post on the Brookings Tech Tank blog summarizing Ryan Calo's new paper, which argues for a Federal Robotics Commission to broker the regulatory and legal issues new robotic technologies present.
Emerging technologies often generate a great debate over the efficacy of new federal regulations. In the past, the government has had to adapt to new technologies like the railroad or the radio. Typically lawmakers work out a compromise that protects safety and the rule of law. As robotics technology has steadily advanced, the conversation about government oversight has started to grow louder. In a recent paper, Ryan Calo explores the idea of a new federal agency that explicitly deals with robots.