ABA’s Cyberlaw Committee Provides Guidance on AI

The ABA Business Law Section has one of the longest standing and most active working groups on cyberlaw in the U.S. The ABA just published one of its newest projects:

Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines: Understanding A.I. and the Legal Impact

How will the law change to accommodate the role of artificial intelligence in society and how much of that change has occurred already? When machines make their own decisions with financial impact, who receives credit or blame? This new guide provides an in-depth examination of how artificial intelligence has evolved, how it will affect the legal profession, and how the law will be reformed to meet the new realities created by AI. Written by high-level industry experts, this guide discusses a wide-range of AI topics including a history and introduction, healthcare regulation, entertainment, labor laws, aviation, military applications, cybernetics and biorobotics, copyright law, cybersecurity issues, product liability, AI and the transactional law practice, the future of AI, and more.

Artificial intelligence and the use of smart machines are shaking up law and society. Companies, governments, and universities implement AI without a full understanding of its legal and regulatory threats. This new guide provides a comprehensive overview of the legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence and smart machines. Beginning with a history of AI to exploring the special legal problems such as intellectual property development and labor replacement, this guide discusses risks imposed by artificial intelligence and how to effectively mitigate those risks.

The book was edited by Ted Claypoole with an introduction by Warren Agin. Chapter authors include Daniel Katz, Jon Garon, Jennifer Maisel, Susan Hayes Stephan, Anastassia Dr. Lauterbach, Roland Trope, Alan Galloway, Charlotte A. Tschider, Richard Balough, Eran Kahana, Stephen Wu, Alicia Ryan, Lisa R. Lifshitz, and J.B. Ruhl.

The concept of artificial intelligence influences affects broad aspects of business and society. Sometimes practical, sometimes proactively speculative, always interesting, this guide is organized to reflect the wide range of issues dealing with artificial intelligence and smart machines. It covers:

  • What you need know about regulations managing autonomous flying drones, biologically-base robots, and other thinking machines that operate in our streets and companies
  • AI’s impact on healthcare, workplace procedures, and basic business management
  • AI and intellectual property, cybersecurity, and consumer privacy
  • The transactional law practice and AI
  • International privacy laws and global regulations and their effect on development of AI
  • The future of AI and mapping the law
  • Unique traits of AI decision making that already conflict with laws and regulations
  • And much, much more!

Included is are charts, graphs, glossary of terms, framework for trustworthy AI, and an appendix with examples of opportunities and critical concerns raised by artificial intelligence.

As one of the chapter authors, I am admittedly biased, but I am quite proud of the work by the ABA Cyberlaw Committee and its leadership on these issues.

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