SMNR: Artificial Intelligence and Other Emerging Technologies: Legal and Policy Issues

Class Unique: 28724
This course is innovative and cutting edge; it will require students to be so as well. The law in the areas we will be considering is either non-existent or nascent. There will be plenty of opportunity to think about how existing laws might be adapted to meet the regulatory and policy needs relevant to these emerging technologies. The topics covered in class will include privacy, robots and personhood, superintelligent artificial intelligent systems, criminal and civil liability arising from emerging technologies, driverless cars, synthetic biology, post-humanism and the Singularity (cloning, biotech, prosthetics and other innovation); Job loss and the Abundance Society, Lethal Autonomous weapons, General regulatory issues (Companies, internal governance, self-regulation and governmental/uber-national regulation), International law and politics, and Drones. Students will have an opportunity to participate, if the decision is made to create one, in a law journal which would be the first in this emerging field of legal study.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Tuesday 5:45 - 7:35 pm TNH 3.114
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed


  • A Legal Theory for Autonomous Artificial Agents - Chopra & White
      Michigan Press , edition: 2011
      ISBN: 0472051458   (required)
  • The Law of Robots: Crimes, Contracts & Torts - Pagallo
      Springer , edition: 2013
      ISBN: 9400765630   (required)
  • Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics - Lin, Abney & Bekey
      MIT Press , edition: 2014
      ISBN: 0262526005   (required)
  • Bioethics and the Law - Dolgin & Shepherd
      Aspen , edition: 3rd 2013
      ISBN: 1454810766   (required)


Firth-Butterfield, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Kay