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Kate Darling

Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab

Kate Darling is a leading expert in Robot Ethics. She's a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction.

"A pioneer in the field of robot ethics and the intersection of technology and society"

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In detail

Forever interested in how technology intersects with society, Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property. She has researched economic incentives in copyright and patent systems and has taken a role as intellectual property expert at multiple academic and private institutions. She currently serves as intellectual property policy advisor to the director of the MIT Media Lab. Her passion for technology and robots has led her to interdisciplinary fields. Kate is a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a former fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, and is also an affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. 2017, the American Bar Association honoured her legal work with the Mark T. Banner award in Intellectual Property.

What she offers you

Kate explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. She shares with her audience the economic issues in intellectual property systems and looks at the near-term effects of robotic technology, with a particular interest in law, social, and ethical issues.

How she presents

Kate runs experiments, holds workshops, writes, and speaks about some of the more interesting developments in the world of human-robot interaction, and where we might find ourselves in the future.


She presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Robot Ethics
  • Technology and Society
  • Law and Ethics
  • Artificial Intelligence

Books and publications

  • 2017
    Creativity without Law: Challenging the Assumptions of Intellectual Property

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