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Bar News - April 16, 2014

Bar Member’s New Book Explores the Rise of AI

As artificial intelligence becomes more prevalent in our society, from Siri to driverless cars and autonomous drones, how will our legal system address the consequences of decisions that are not being made by human beings? In his new book, Robots Are People Too (Praeger, November 2013), attorney and writer John Frank Weaver explores the wide-ranging legal implications of the rise of artificial intelligence and how law and public policy need to adapt to meet these challenges.

Peter Singer, director of the Brookings Institute’s Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, says: “In Robots Are People Too, John Frank Weaver tackles the legal side of this fascinating new story, from what happens when driverless cars get into an accident to fundamental questions that are being raised for the Constitution itself.”

“Almost all of our laws rely on the assumption that only people make decisions,” says Weaver. “Increasingly, that won’t be true... Right now, our laws don’t properly govern these advances in artificial intelligence and autonomous technology, and it’s important that we put legal structures in place that will answer the questions we’ll see. What is the status of an autonomous drone under international humanitarian law? Can an autonomous police drone violate a suspect’s 4th Amendment rights while following him? Who owns new intellectual property created by software?”

Weaver is a contributing writer at Slate, where he discusses legal questions surrounding artificial intelligence and current events. He has also appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss the relationship between humans and artificially intelligent robots. He is an attorney with the McLane firm, where he focuses on artificial intelligence, land use, real estate, commercial lending, telecommunications, and education law.

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