Research Specialist, MIT Media Lab
Kate Darling is a research specialist at MIT Media Lab and a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center. With an interest in how technology intersects with society, she explores the emotional connection between people and lifelike machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction in robotics and AI. Darling runs experiments, holds workshops, writes, and speaks about interesting developments in the world of human-robot interaction. Her background is in law, economics, and intellectual property. Media outlets ranging from Vogue to Die Zeit to the BBC have featured her work, and in 2017, the American Bar Association honored her legal work with the Mark T. Banner Award in Intellectual Property.