On Friday 13th November 2015 the Security and Privacy Conference 20\/20\u00a0conference was held in Vancouver, British Columbia.The conference looks at us in\u00a0an age of ubiquitous technology, mass amounts of personal digitized data , sharing, analysis, and monetization. These tools have broad application and will transform the way we work, the way we are governed, and the way we think about information and data.In The Future of Robots: Designing Trust and Privacy we look at the\u00a0key session held around\u00a0Robotics and Privacy:The robots are coming. We already rely on machines to crawl the web, answer our questions, and help us navigate our world. More and more, these machines are being clothed in human qualities. The aim is to build trust and create the conditions for increased sharing of personal information, which can be mined for predictive analytics and other purposes. The decision to populate our skies, cities, workplaces, homes and families with machines that can sense, think and act on their own will cause profound social and economic shifts. It will increase surveillance in places we consider private. It will alter the role of human workers in a variety of sectors, beyond expected job losses. It will reconfigure our liability and accountability systems. How do our privacy laws map against this emerging robotic world? Will the public embrace these technologies, and if they do, will we recognize the risks?Robots and Privacy Panel and InsightsImage by Nikolas Badminton (All Rights Reserved)Dr. Ian Kerr,\u00a0Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, moderated the session and was joined by 3 other experts in robotics and privacy:Dr. Ryan Calo,\u00a0Assistant Professor of Law, University of WashingtonDr. Kate Darling,\u00a0Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab, MITDr. Woodrow Hartzog,\u00a0Assistant Professor, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Affiliate Scholar, The Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law SchoolHere are some key insights that we are taking away from this session.Designing connectivity with robots, using anthropomorphic cues or other techniques, needs to consider trust.We buy the robots and let them in. They sometimes become members of the family but where should the relationship start and end? \u00a0Should we control online bots that disrupt accepted process e.g. Twitter bots, Tinder bots etc.? In this case teh argument is yes as they are clearly fraudulent or actively trying to spam or disrupt a trusted process of connection and opinion. What about technology like\u00a0\u2018Hello Barbie\u2019?Those academics and\/or companies creating robots need to design privacy in from the very early stages of design.There must be close consideration around privacy\u00a0standards and potential issues early on. This is currently a big oversight in those companies as privacy can stall development or freedom in the creativity of creating awesome robots. Jibo is one such robot that is hoping to get it right.Drones could be a privacy catalyst but we need to see them as part of the larger family of robotsThe panel talked about that drones are hoped to\u00a0be a privacy catalyst however\u00a0they have ended up being\u00a0a catalyst for \u2018drone privacy\u2019 vs. a wider consideration of privacy with robotic machines in the world. Recently a\u00a0Judge dismissed a case against a \u2018Drone Slayer\u2019 who shot down a drone from their back porch (read more at WSJ Law).\u00a0Bullitt County Judge Rebecca Ward on Monday dismissed the case against William H. Merideth, who admitted to shooting down a drone he said was hovering over his home last July.\u201cI think it\u2019s credible testimony that his drone was hovering from anywhere, for two or three times over these people\u2019s property, that it was an invasion of their privacy and that they had the right to shoot this drone,\u201d Ward told the courtroom. \u201cAnd I\u2019m going to dismiss his charge.\u201dThe speakers were hugely knowledgeable and insightful and raised some key questions and we encourage you to take a look at some of their other talks and writing.Dr. Ian KerrIan Kerr holds the Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, with cross appointments in Medicine, Philosophy and Information Studies. Dr. Kerr\u2019s research lies at the intersection of ethics, law and technology and is currently focused on two broad themes: (i) Privacy and Surveillance; and (ii) Human-Machine Mergers. Building on his recent Oxford University Press book, Lessons from the Identity Trail, his ongoing privacy work focuses on the interplay between emerging public and private sector surveillance technologies, civil liberties and human rights. His recent research on robotics and implantable devices examines legal and ethical implications of emerging technologies in the health sector and beyond.Dr. Kate DarlingDr. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center and the Yale Information Society Project.\u00a0Her interest is in how technology intersects with society. Kate\u2019s work has explored economic issues in intellectual\u00a0property systems and also\u00a0looks at the near-term effects of robotic technology, with a particular interest in law, social, and ethical issues. She runs experiments,\u00a0hold\u00a0workshops, writes, and lectures on some of the more interesting developments in the world of human-robot interaction, and where we\u00a0might\u00a0find ourselves in the coming decades.Dr. Ryan CaloRyan Calo is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law and an assistant professor (by courtesy) at the Information School. He is a faculty co-director (with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno) of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, a unique, interdisciplinary research unit that spans the School of Law, Information School, and Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Professor Calo is a CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow for the class of 2015.Professor Calo\u2019s research on law and emerging technology appears or is forthcoming in leading law reviews (California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Stanford Law Review Online, University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online) and technical publications (MIT Press, IEEE, Science, Artificial Intelligence), and is frequently referenced by the mainstream media (NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal). Professor Calo has also testified before the full Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate and spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival and NPR\u2019s Weekend in Washington. In 2014, he was named one of the most important people in robotics by Business Insider.Dr. Woodrow HartzogWoodrow Hartzog is an Associate Professor at Samford University\u2019s Cumberland School of Law. He is also an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a contributor at\u00a0Forbes.\u00a0His research on privacy, contracts, media, and robotics has appeared or is scheduled to appear in numerous law reviews and peer-reviewed publications such as the\u00a0Columbia Law Review,\u00a0California Law Review, and\u00a0Michigan Law Reviewand popular publications such as\u00a0The Guardian, Wired, The Atlantic,\u00a0and\u00a0CNN.\u00a0His book\u00a0Privacy\u2019s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies\u00a0is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.Some of his articles are well worth reading as well:http:\/\/papers.ssrn.com\/sol3\/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2602452http:\/\/www.bbc.com\/future\/story\/20150812-how-to-tell-a-good-robot-from-the-badhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=fVE8pmwGi2Q***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.