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Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perceive, learn and reason in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities. TAP scholars consider AI’s effects on labor, business, policing, law, medicine, war, free speech, privacy and democracy, and discuss potential solutions to mitigate harms.

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Evan Selinger, Rochester Institute of Technology philosophy professor, talks with journalist Clive Thompson about how the media covers responsible uses of technology.
Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain shares several years of thinking around digital governance during his talk at the 2020 Tanner Lecture on Human Values. His two-part lecture, titled “Gaining Power, Losing Control,” reflects on how technology has empowered humanity, and yet in many ways, we have less and less control.
A selection of articles recently written by TAP scholars explore AI and the impact on privacy, how to safeguard privacy and security in an interconnected world, digital platforms and antitrust, and patent reform to support innovation.
Take a look at the top viewed blog posts from this past year that have been written by TAP scholars.
George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove provides his list of notable books on privacy and security from 2020.
Brooklyn Law professor Frank Pasquale’s new book, New Laws of Robotics: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI, explores the ways that technological advances affect how we work, what media we consume, and how law is made and enforced; and he addresses the problems that arise when robots advance into hospitals, schools, and the military.
In their article, “How to Win with Machine Learning,” Rotman School of Management professors Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb explain how companies entering industries with an AI-enabled product or service can build a sustainable competitive advantage and raise entry barriers against latecomers.
Economists Susan Athey, Stanford, and Daron Acemoglu, MIT, will be testifying at today’s House Budget Committee hearing on artificial intelligence and the workforce.
This guest post emphasizes that while emerging technologies such as natural language processing and machine learning promise to make public sector services more efficient, they also pose ethical challenges in implementation.
In “The Allocation of Decision Authority to Human and Artificial Intelligence” economists Susan Athey, Kevin Bryan, and Joshua Gans share an analysis of how humans and artificial intelligence could work effectively together in the decision-making process.
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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perform learning and reasoning in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities.

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AI Decoded: France’s Risky Dance with Surveillance

“There is no facial recognition component in the current bill. A devil’s advocate could say once it is adopted, things could change.” — Théodore Christakis, Professor of Law, Université Grenoble Alpes
Theodore Christakis
Politico
December 2, 2020

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You Might Be a Robot

Policymakers show increasing interest in regulating robots. However, a "robot" can be hard to define. The increasing pace of innovation makes it hard to apply the plain language of laws to new cases.

By: Mark Lemley, Bryan Casey