Robot ethicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Do people need to be protected from machines or do robots need rights? Kate Darling, a lawyer and robot ethicist, investigates the emotional connection between humans and lifelike machines in the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She anticipates the difficult issues that might affect legislators, engineers and the general public as human-robot relations evolve in the near future. This is the perfect job for her, because Kate Darling not only graduated from law school with honours and holds a doctorate of sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), but also keeps domestic robots at home, including her robot dinosaur twins Yochai and Peter.