On 21 June 2016, the Law Society hosted a conference on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in law.
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Artificial intelligence and machine learning technology have made significant progress in recent years. Arguably, legal and ethical thinking about the societal implications could now be lagging behind this technical progress.
We explored how machine learning is currently being used, how it may be used in the future and what the legal implications could be. The discussion will also examine the potential liability and regulatory considerations in relation to machine learning, and the role of the law and lawyers in this rapidly evolving area.
Jonathan Smithers, president, the Law Society Jonathan began his articles (now known as training contract) in 1984 at the firm CooperBurnett in Tunbridge Wells. He qualified in 1986, became an equity partner at the firm in 1990 and is now the senior partner. He has championed technology in law while president of the Law Society since 2015.
Professor Katie Atkinson, professor of Computer Science and head of the Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool Katie's research concerns computational models of argument, with a particular focus on persuasive argumentation in practical reasoning and how this can be applied in domains such as law, e-democracy and agent systems.
Dale Lane, developer for IBM working on Watson Dale has been a developer of IBM Watson since 2011, after work on Watson started to transition from a research project demonstrated on a quiz show to a commercial solution. He is now a lead developer, helping to turn Watson into a platform enabling developers to exploit cognitive capabilities in their own apps.
Peter Wright, chair of the Law Society Technology and Law Reference Group Peter Wright is a solicitor and managing director of DigitalLawUK, the only law firm in the UK specialising solely in cybersecurity, data protection, freedom of information and social media law.
Professor Andy Wright, director, Strategic Technology, BAE Systems Andy has extensive experience in the use and development of artificial intelligence and autonomy, and he has fielded large scale systems. In his current role, he is responsible for BAE System's technology programme in the UK and reporting into the UK Board.
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