Artificial intelligence (AI) is essentially about machines with intelligence that have the capacity to learn from themselves quickly to the point it can produce outcomes equal to that of humans or smarter than them. A simple but ample explanation to start with.
Rightly hyped, it is a technology active in many aspects of our daily lives already as technology consumers and rapidly expanding at a fast pace.
This fast pace has been and is being fuelled by the increase in general computational power, continuing growth of data – big data essentially and the sheer amount of sensors out there through the IOT smart device revolution.
The vocabulary of lawyers will increasingly be dominated by AI jargon and the need to understand the basics of concepts of machine learning, deep learning, supervised / unsupervised learning and reinforcement learning.
Familiarity with the components of AI will become necessary so that lawyers can be in tune with the technology that their clients are using day to day and properly advise them.
I emphasise that lawyers don’t need to be coders or software developers but do need to be aware of how to engage with those that are developing the AI.
The legal issues that arise from the use of AI will be on one hand ones similar to those existing in most emerging new technologies such as patents, trade marks and confidentiality agreements but also extend through to more specialised and unique and emerging legal questions concerning IP creation, copyright, property rights, data ownership, privacy and ethics.
One thing is for sure, given the complexity of the technology, the pervasiveness of AI’s impact on society present and future and the issues arising from their implementation, lawyers will be needed more than ever to assist in the plethora of legal issues that its use will generate.
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