Day 4: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (AI) Virtual National Institute

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Day 4: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (AI) Virtual National Institute

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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Ethics, Meet Ethics: Do Attorneys Have AI-Related Ethical Duties Beyond the Rules of Professional Responsibility?

12:00-1:00 pm ET
Today’s continuing legal education ethics courses focus on the text of rules of professional conduct, whether the ABA Model Rules or state rules. Nonetheless, attorneys spend little time analyzing ethics in the sense of moral philosophy. It’s almost as if the two kinds of ethics have nothing to do with each other. What are attorneys’ ethical responsibilities in the era of AI beyond the text of the rules? How can attorneys be sure what their ethical duties are with unprecedented new technologies? AI and robotics will be used as a case study of ethical duties against a backdrop of professional rules that were crafted for lawyers at a distant time and place. This program will offer 1 hour of ethics/professional responsibility credit.

Speakers: Irina Raicu, Zachary Rentz, John Steele

It’s All in Your Head: Legal and Policy Issues with Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Devices

1:15-2:15 pm ET
Scientists are now exploring the use of brain and neural implants to help patients with disabilities. Paralyzed patients can move a cursor on a computer, type, and play computer games with their thoughts alone. Newer experiments show the possibility of mute patients communicating with a “voice prosthesis” using their thoughts. Over time, people will want to enhance their cognition and memory with information technology. What are the legal, ethical, and security issues associated with brain-computer interfaces? What impact do neural devices have on legal issues such as intent and criminal responsibility?

Speakers: Eric Drogin, Kate Darling

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia? The Future of Legal Personhood for Superintelligent AI Systems

2:30-3:30 pm ET
Some futurists believe that a day could come, perhaps within our lifetimes, when we will have artificial general intelligence or superintelligent AI systems whose capabilities exceed those of human beings. If machines are as intelligent or more intelligent than humans, will a day come when some AI systems gain the legal status of “persons” under the law? What would it take for policymakers to know the time is right for personhood status? This panel will cover the debate over legal personhood for AI systems, covering both contemporary examples of personhood and the roadmap to future personhood.

Speakers: Stephen Wu, Ajung Moon


You can register for one or more Fast Forward sessions or for the entire conference series (with a corresponding discount and bonuses). The choice is up to you. If one of the dates doesn’t work, you can access the recorded session for 30 days (just not for CLE credit) – one advantage over an in-person conference.

$165 Non-Members  |  $135 Members  |  $95 ABA Section of Science and Technology and the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force Members


October 28
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force
ABA Section of Science & Technology Law