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Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab where she investigates social robotics. Kate explores the emotional connection between people and lifelike machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Kate’s work has also explored economic issues in intellectual property systems and she’s an IP policy advisor at the Media Lab. She has a sciences doctorate in Intellectual Property and Law & Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), is an affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and tweets about eating Cheerios as @grok_


Dec 16, 2014

RB214: CopyrightXXX

Leora Kornfeld talks with intellectual property scholar and Berkman Fellow Kate Darling about her research on copyright violations and the adult entertainment industry. She looked… More

Nov 12, 2013

Meet members of the 2013-2014 Berkman Community: Kate Darling, Hasit Shah, Dalia Othman, and J. Nathan Matias

This week we are featuring four interviews with 2013-2014 Berkman Fellows as part of an ongoing series showcasing individuals in the Berkman community. Conducted by our 2013… More



AI and Human Development

Kate Darling of the MIT Media Lab at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Kate Darling discusses how interacting with artificially intelligent human agents can have impacts on human behavioral development

Jan 11, 2017


Jun 11, 2014 @ 4:00 PM

Cyberscholar Working Group at Yale

This month's presentations include (1) "Five Algorithmic Cultures and Their Ontologies: A Performative Critique" with Esteve Sanz; (2) Social Patterns of Digital Thanks,… More

Nov 19, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Science fiction or reality? A discussion of near-term ethical, legal, and societal issues in robotics

with Kate Darling, Berkman Center Fellow

Science fiction or reality? A discussion of near-term ethical, legal, and societal issues in robotics. More