Artificial Intelligence, Technology, and the Law
Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2
Increasingly, the world is seeing a rise in the many applications of our enhanced computing and predictive capabilities. Lawyers need to be at the forefront of this revolution. This seminar examines a broad range of legal and policy challenges posed by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and other emergent technologies. Through assigned readings, weekly discussion, and engagement with experts, students will explore the many promises and perils of AI. This course is innovative and cutting edge; it will require students to be so as well. The law in the areas we will be considering is either non-existent or nascent. There will be plenty of opportunity to think about how existing laws might be adapted to meet the regulatory and policy needs relevant to these emerging technologies. The topics covered in class will include, among others, robots and personhood, privacy, ethics, superintelligent artificial intelligent systems, criminal and civil liability arising from emerging technologies, brain-computer interfaces, autonomous cars and weapons, bias in algorithms, and the implications for the law (e.g., e-discovery and machine-drafted pleadings), medicine (e.g., diagnoses by algorithm), and society.
It will be a synchronous online seminar. Grading will be based on participation, weekly assignments, which will often include a critical review and preparation of questions for guest speakers, and a 25-page legal analysis (not a research paper) that can satisfy the writing requirement. No prior scientific background is required; merely a willingness to learn.