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October 07, 2020

ABA Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Institute to be weekly virtual event Oct.7-28

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020 — The American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law will hold its second Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute virtually, spanning five consecutive Wednesdays from Oct. 7 through Oct. 28.

With the use of AI and robotics having increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, to fight the virus and to automate various processes the institute will cover the latest legal implications of  AI and robotics. Legal and technology experts will discuss the challenges in health care, financial, transportation, energy, utilities, manufacturing, telecom, IT, real estate, and retail/consumer services.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National (Virtual) Institute
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law

Wednesdays — Oct. 7,14, 21, 28


Three one-hour programs each Wednesday from Noon to 3:30 p.m. ET and until 4 p.m. on Oct. 28.  Programs include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, “Fast Forward on What’s New” – These programs will focus on the  latest developments in the past year, legal issues related to using AI and robotics to battle pandemics, and AI’s positive and negative role in systemic bias.
    • “Hot, But Cool: The Latest AI and Robotics Developments” (Noon-1 p.m.)
    • “Contagion: Battling COVID-19 and Future Pandemics with AI and Robotics”    (1:15-2:15 p.m.)
    • Systematic Bias: AI as Cause and Cure” (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, “Fast Forward on Industry Sectors” – These programs will cover how AI and robotics are transforming industry sectors from advertising technology and manufacturing to insurance.
    • “Can AdTech Close the Sale? Using AI in Marketing and Advertising” (Noon-1 p.m.)
    • “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: AI and Robotics in Manufacturing” (1:15-2:15 p.m.)
    • “Show Me the Money: Insuring Robots and AI Systems” (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, “Fast Forward on The Boardroom” – Programming will address issues involving AI-related corporate governance, national security, and safety standards.
    • “On Board with AI: Corporate Governance and AI Management” (Noon-1 p.m.)
    • “National Security S.H.I.E.L.D: Protecting AI and Robots” (1:15-2:15 p.m.)
    • “Unsafe at Any Speed? Clearing the Standard of Care Bar for AI Systems and Robot” (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, “Fast Forward on The Big Questions” – The focus of these programs will be on AI ethics questions, brain-computer interface legal issues, and legal personhood for “super intelligent” AI systems.
    • Keynote address, David Engstrom, professor of Law and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Stanford Law School, (Noon-12:30 p.m.)
    • “Ethics, Meet Ethics: Do Attorneys Have AI-Related Ethical Duties Beyond the Rules of Professional Responsibility?”(12:30-1:30 p.m.)
    • “It's All in Your Head: Legal and Policy Issues with Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Devices” (1:45-2:45 p.m.)
    • “The Future of Legal Personhood for Superintelligent AI Systems” (3-4 p.m.)

For a complete list of virtual programs, click here.  Media can register for the meeting by emailing Betsy Adeboyejo at [email protected] or calling 202-662-1039.

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