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Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law

Robots and AI (robots often operate with a form of AI) are socially and economically transformative. Legal adaptations to these new technologies are at an early stage. This course examines how the use of robots in multiple environments, from factories to war fields, and the emergence of AI in various forms, from algorithmic decision-making in social media to the use of AI in surveillance, poses new challenges to the legal order. This includes liability for damage caused by robots and AI-controlled devices and algorithms (e.g. self-driving vehicles), a discussion of the social and ethical meaning of humans “living with” robots and AI-controlled devices and algorithms, and the interface of those technologies with law enforcement and the law of war.