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Spring 2022
LAW724  A  AI AND ROBOT LAW

Course Description
‘Artificial Intelligence’ (AI) includes a variety of technologies, notably ‘machine learning’ systems such as IBM’s Watson, which won a ‘Jeopardy’ match, Google’s Ultra Go, which trounced a Go Master, and a plethora of systems designed to predict tumors, shopping habits, and even criminality. ‘Robots’ increasingly feature varying degrees of autonomy, including systems like self-driving cars, military drones, and robo-surgeons. Behind many robots lies an embodied or even remotely connected AI, making the two new technologies intertwined. Both technologies present a number of ethical, social, and legal challenges that are inciting a wide variety of responses. Representative examples of problems include: Should we permit robots to carry lethal weapons? Who is responsible for invidious discrimination by an AI? What should the liability (and ethical) rules be for accidents involving autonomous vehicles? Is existing malpractice law ready for AI doctors? Should AIs and/or Robots have ‘rights’, whether human rights, animal rights, or some sui generis set of rights? The course will thus treat AI/Robot Law as distinct subjects, or a distinct subject, of their own, and also attempt to put them into the context of the law’s ongoing encounter with new technology. Most law courses seek to give you mastery of a relatively well-defined body of law. This course is different: it will seek to give you a taste of what it is like to work in areas with little or no clearly defined law (as such–the task then is to borrow or invent it), or new law, or where the law is in the process of being created and assembled – and where you could have a hand in making it, or interpreting it. Much like acrobatics without a net, this can be thrilling but it can also be scary. Crashes are always a possibility.

Course Schedule
None

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Grading will be based on class participation which depending on class size may involve a presentation or two, a short (five page) reaction paper during the term, and a circa 10-page final writing.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Tentative
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None

 
Professor(s)

FROOMKIN, MICHAEL


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: froomkin@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-4285
Office: G382