Artificial intelligence (AI) 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. A new book by the ABA Business Law Section, “The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines,” provides a comprehensive overview of how this new technology has evolved, how it will affect the legal profession and how the law will be reformed to meet the new realities created by AI.

Beginning with a history of AI, this guide explores the special legal problems such as intellectual property development and labor replacement, and discusses risks imposed by AI and how to mitigate those risks. It covers:

  • 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

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

The guide is edited by Theodore F. Claypoole and is a compilation written by industry leaders who specialize in this area of the law. 

Claypoole leads the Womble Bond Dickinson IP Transaction Team, its FinTech Team and its Privacy and Cyber Security Team. He serves clients in managing risk and making money with data, internet and electronic technologies. Claypoole is immediate past chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Cyberspace Law Committee and serves on the section’s Leadership Council.  He has co-authored two books with Theresa Payton published by Rowman & Littlefield titled, “Privacy in the Age of Big Data” and “Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online?”

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