By Eric Polk (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

SPECIAL GUEST: Julie Carpenter. During the recent shooting of police in Dallas, the authorities made the decision to use a bomb robot to take out the shooter. This marks a shift in how humans and robots interact, and the cultural, societal, and criminal justice issues are complex and far-reaching. We're joined in this episode by researcher Julie Carpenter, who has been looking at these questions for a while now, to dig into the repercussions of this change. We also talk a bit about the military's use of robotics, particularly drones and the benefits and downsides of keeping humans in the loop. Plus a little about the Campaign Against Killer Robots. Recorded 7/18/2016.


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Mike & Matt's Recommended Reading: 

Julie's website,

Julie on Twitter

Julie on Patreon

More about Julie's book, Culture and Human-Robot Interaction in Militarized Spaces: A War Story

Hanson Robotics website

The Dallas Shooting and the Advent of Killer Police Robots, by David A. Graham (The Atlantic, 7/8/2016)

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Image Credit: By Eric Polk (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons