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12:00-12:20 pm ET
David Engstrom, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Stanford Law School
12:30-1:30 pm ET
Ethics, Meet Ethics: Do Attorneys Have AI-Related Ethical Duties Beyond the Rules of Professional Responsibility?
Today's continuing legal education ethics courses focus on the text of rules of professional conduct, whether the ABA Model Rules or state rules. Nonetheless, attorneys spend little time analyzing ethics in the sense of moral philosophy. It's almost as if the two kinds of ethics have nothing to do with each other. What are attorneys’ ethical responsibilities in the era of AI beyond the text of the rules? How can attorneys be sure what their ethical duties are with unprecedented new technologies? AI and robotics will be used as a case study of ethical duties against a backdrop of professional rules that were crafted for lawyers at a distant time and place. This program will offer 1 hour of ethics/professional responsibility credit.
Huu Nguyen, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs [Moderator]
Nicholas G. Evans, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Irina Raicu, Director, Internet Ethics Program, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
John Steele, Attorney at Law, JohnSteeleLaw
1:45-2:45 pm ET
It's All in Your Head: Legal and Policy Issues with Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Devices
Scientists are now exploring the use of brain and neural implants to help patients with disabilities. Paralyzed patients can move a cursor on a computer, type, and play computer games with their thoughts alone. Newer experiments show the possibility of mute patients communicating with a “voice prosthesis” using their thoughts. Over time, people will want to enhance their cognition and memory with information technology. What are the legal, ethical, and security issues associated with brain-computer interfaces? What impact do neural devices have on legal issues such as intent and criminal responsibility?
Eric Y. Drogin, Harvard University; Chair, ABA Section of Science & Technology Law [Moderator]
Alex Feerst, General Counsel, Neuralink Corporation
Andrea Matwyshyn, Associate Dean for Innovation and Technology, Professor of Law and Engineering Policy, Penn State University
Keith Abney, Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University; Co-Author, Robot Ethics 2.0
3:00-4:00 pm ET
The Future of Legal Personhood for Superintelligent AI Systems
Some futurists believe that a day could come, perhaps within our lifetimes, when we will have artificial general intelligence or superintelligent AI systems whose capabilities exceed those of human beings. If machines are as intelligent or more intelligent than humans, will a day come when some AI systems gain the legal status of “persons” under the law? What would it take for policymakers to know the time is right for personhood status? This panel will cover the debate over legal personhood for AI systems, covering both contemporary examples of personhood and the roadmap to future personhood.
Stephen S. Wu, Shareholder, Silicon Valley Law Group; Past Chair, ABA Science & Technology Law Section [Moderator]
Don Howard, Professor of Philosophy, Notre Dame University
John Weaver, Associate, McLane Middleton; Author, Robots are People Too: How Siri, Google Car, and Artificial Intelligence Will Force Us to Change Our Laws (2014)
Animashree (Anima) Anandkumar, Bren Professor of Computing, California Institute of Technology; Director of Machine Learning Research, NVIDIA Corporation