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Dr. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab. Her interest is in how technology intersects with society.

Kate explores the emotional connection between people and lifelike machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction in robotics and AI. 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. Her past work has explored the economics of intellectual property systems.

She 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.


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…

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…



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,…

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.