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Welcome to Tech and Law Center's TLC Forum for Robots & Society

The rapid increase in the use of robots in our homes and cars, in hospitals and industrial environments is raising questions about what the risks and benefits are on society as a whole. In 2014, robot sales increased by 29% to 229,261 units, by far the highest level ever recorded for one year. It is also estimated that robots are likely to be performing 45% of manufacturing tasks by 2025 (vs. 10% today). In the field of industrial robotics, which is currently growing at 8% p.a., Europe’s share of the world market is about 32%. Since 2004, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has published a series of Robot Policy Guidelines which address business and safety issues for “Next Generation Robots”. They predicted a “Human-Robot Coexistence Society” that will emerge by 2030. However, it is a step-by-step gradual process for these robots entering into the everyday lives of people. We believe that intelligent robots will be the next revolutionary technology after PCs and the Internet. Therefore, we created the Tech and Law Center Forum for Robots & Society to investigate the intersection among robotics, artificial intelligence, law and the society. Our main objective is to explore and understand possible risks arising from the widespread use of robots and which are the possible measures to be taken. Currently we are working in close cooperation with ROBOLAW.ASIA in Beijing, Digital Asia Hub in Hong Kong and Robohub, as well as many talented researchers from all over the world.

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TLC Forum People

  • Dr. Yueh-Hsuan Weng: Co-Founder, ROBOLAW.ASIA; Fellow, Tech and Law Center [HP]
  • Ms. Francesca Bosco: Co-Founder, Tech and Law Center [HP]
  • Ms. Kassandra Perlongo: Managing Editor, Robohub [HP]
  • Mr. Giuseppe Vaciago: Co-Founder, Tech and Law Center [HP]

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