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Advanced Introduction to Law and Artificial Intelligence

Woodrow Barfield Ugo Pagallo

Woodrow Barfield and Ugo Pagallo present a succinct introduction to the legal issues related to the design and use of artificial intelligence (AI). Exploring human rights, constitutional law, data protection, criminal law, tort law, and intellectual property law, they consider the laws of a number of jurisdictions including the US, the European Union, Japan, and China, making reference to case law and statutes.
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Introduction to law and artificial intelligence

Woodrow Barfield Ugo Pagallo


This book is written to serve as an advanced introduction to the law which relates to artificial intelligence and is intended for law students, legal practitioners, and researchers from different academic disciplines who wish to gain an understanding of how the law currently applies to increasingly smart systems controlled by artificial intelligence (AI). Particularly in the last few years there has been a growing interest among legal scholars and legislators in the US, European Union (EU), Australia, and Asia to propose regulations for technologies which are fueled by AI.1 This is due in part to the many challenges to the law which have resulted from systems that are becoming increasingly smart, lacking transparency in their decision making, and either semior fully-autonomous from human input and control.

Due to the worldwide interest to regulate AI we take a comprehensive approach to the subject and present the law which relates to AI found at the level of state, Federal, and international jurisdictions. We think this approach will give the reader a broad understanding of current efforts to regulate AI and sufficient knowledge of the approaches to develop a law of AI being pursued in the US, the EU, Australia, and Asia. This approach also reflects our view that an international response will be necessary to effectively regulate AI (therefore a convergence in how to regulate AI among jurisdictions will be necessary) given the ability of AI to seamlessly cross international borders, and because the numerous legal issues raised by AI,...

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