SMNR: Law and Policy of AI and Other Emerging Technologies

This writing seminar examines a broad range of legal and policy challenges posed by artificial intelligence and other emergent technologies. Topics covered will include: technology and privacy; robots and personhood; superintelligence; 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 and drones. Paper required.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Friday 10:30 am - 12:20 pm TNH 3.115

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Pass/Fail Allowed


  • Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know - Jerry Kaplan
      Oxford , edition: 1st
      ISBN: 978-0190602390   (required)
  • Robot Law - Ryan Calo, et al
      Edward Elgar Pub , edition: 1st
      ISBN: 978-1783476725   (required)


Firth-Butterfield, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Kay