Where Human and Artificial Intelligence Meet

At the crossroads of law and robotics, Dr. Kate Darling knows what direction our emotional connection to robots is heading. Ethics aside, she cares for several domestic robots, one of whom might share the stage with her.

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Where Human and Artificial Intelligence Meet

Friday, July 3

Gala Dinner featuring speaker Kate Darling
Limited tickets available for $99

Photo: Flavia Schaub. Robot: project by Nick DePalma @ Personal Robots Group, MIT Media Lab

Dr. Kate Darling is a leading expert on robot ethics and, in fact, is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her Pleos Yochai, Peter, and Mr. Spaghetti.

Dr. Darling investigates social robotics and studies human-robot interaction in her role as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. Seeking to influence technology design and policy direction, her writing and research anticipate the sometimes difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the public must address as human-robot relationships continue to evolve.

After co-teaching a robot ethics course at Harvard Law School, she has worked increasingly at the intersection of law and robotics, with a focus on legal and social issues. With her background in law and economics, Dr. Darling has researched economic incentives in copyright and patent systems and plays a role as intellectual property expert at multiple academic and private institutions. (She currently serves as intellectual property policy adviser to the director of the MIT Media Lab.)

Dr. Darling graduated from law school with honors and holds a doctorate of sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). She is a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Yale Information Project. A contributing writer to Robohub and IEEE Spectrum, Dr. Darling’s work has appeared in BBC and NPR programming, The Guardian, Forbes, WIRED, Slate, and more. She tweets @grok_ about many things, including eating Cheerios for dinner.

Dinner Menu

Dinner will begin with a steakhouse wedge salad, topped with crispy pancetta, egg, charred grape tomato, pickled Bermuda onions, and ranch dressing.

Entrée options include:

  • Red wine-braised short ribs with a pinot noir sauce, served with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.
  • Seared organic chicken Florentine with a sun-dried tomato cream sauce, served with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.
  • Provençal vegetable tian, topped with a goat cheese crust and smoked peppadew coulis, served with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.

Dessert will feature a roasted apple cheesecake brûlée, topped with fleur de sel and a Calvados caramel sauce.

Prices listed online are for advance-sale only. On-site meal purchases will include a $10 convenience surcharge per ticket premium. Please note that 10-percent processing fee will be charged for cancellation and refund requests through June 12, 2020. Refund and cancellation requests received after June 24 will be reviewed case-by-case, based on circumstance and event viability.