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Fast tracking an AI strategy to maximise potential

German AI strategy by the end of November

31 Oct 2018 at 11:30 BST

Germany plans to have a final strategy, and funding plans, by the end of November to present to the public at the Digital Summit 2018 on 3-4 December. The government is currently undergoing a conduct a consultation process with experts, associations, organisations and institutions.

34 states raised this issue at UN General Assembly

International pressure builds to ban killer robots

23 Jan 2019 at 10:31 BST

Statements from the Holy See and United Nations are joined over 30 states raising the need for legal action in the last year.

Some cultures allow rights to non-human entities

Dialogue on disrupting technologies: Should robots have rights?

28 Jan 2019 at 11:06 BST

Academics at Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges ask and share the legal questions.

New academic focuses for the digital revolution

AI ethics programme blessed with over £200 million

19 Apr 2019 at 12:47 BST

Graduate students in the United Kingdom are to learn to develop “ethical” artificial intelligence with the help of the Church of England as part of a range of higher degrees in the technology supported by more than £200 million of public and industry funding.

Programme for 1,000 students to get £110 million

Country Focus: Switzerland

07 May 2019 at 14:58 BST

In a new feature looking at the robotics landscape of the major jurisdictions in the field, RLJ takes a look at Switzerland. From drones and “killer robots” to ethics and robotic bankers, the Swiss are establishing a significant reputation for tackling the field in all its dimensions.

Bitcoin's price rises 1000%

Cryptocurrency spurs the rise of cryptobots

08 May 2019 at 12:55 BST

At a recent Bloomberg Crypto Summit held in London, panel speakers agreed the immediate outlook for cryptocurrency is a little shaky, though they are confident the industry is simply experiencing a temporary setback. Meanwhile, there is a global regulatory debate about whether we should be talking about crypto as currency or assets, raising a significant point about the legal quality of these instruments.

Bringing ethics into robotics

DMU researcher brings robot experts together to debate ethical practice

14 May 2019 at 12:57 BST

The future of robot development could begin to move in a new direction after AI experts met with researchers at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) to discuss the industry.

Singapore aims to be gateway for Asian robotics

Country Focus: Singapore – Economic concerns drive big ambitions

23 May 2019 at 13:09 BST

Singapore sees itself as a pioneer and is certainly seeking to prove bigger is not always better. Today Singapore is a densely packed regional financial hub with a population of some 5.7 million.

EU originality test requires a human author

Robot art: The UK copyright implications of artificial intelligence generated art

10 Jul 2019 at 13:39 BST

In the second part of this article, the author draws conclusions on originality and explores authorship and infringement.

Country focus looks at the home of digital Talinn

Estonia: a robotically transformative nation

26 Jul 2019 at 13:11 BST

Estonia is an enigmatic centre for pioneering robotics. As a country, it connects the dots between Scandinavia, Central Europe and what lies to the east. Estonia’s capital Tallinn is the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe. About 50% of the country is forest. The country may only have a population of 1.3 million, but Estonia’s digital landscape is exciting great interest globally.

ML algorithm previously predicted EU cases

The Judgebots Are Here

06 Aug 2019 at 12:18 BST

In a somewhat surprising move, France has banned data analytics related to rulings by Judges, and there are calls for this to be extended to all lawyers.

Country focus looks at a world leader in robotics

USA: A Crucible for Regulation?

14 Aug 2019 at 10:39 BST

Is it significant that America is the first country to have the first human killed by a robot? That incident, fear of job losses, the proliferation of robotic applications is raising a raft of questions on law and policy in the United States.

Low public enthusiasm could stifle innovation

Britons lag in support for driverless cars

15 Aug 2019 at 10:54 BST

British people are the least supportive nation in their attitude towards driverless cars, or indeed any form of autonomous vehicle (AV), according to a study across six territories (United Kingdom, United States, Australia, China, Singapore and Hong Kong).

Rising number of chatbots warrants research

Law firm survey reveals Chatbot preferences

20 Aug 2019 at 12:16 BST

Over a third of people “would prefer fast response from chatbot about finances”.

Aibo can remember and recognise up to 1000 faces

Robot dog may bury your privacy

21 Aug 2019 at 12:28 BST

The latest $2,900 Sony Aibo dog comes equipped with facial recognition cameras and constantly listening microphones, raising concerns about collection of personal data.

Partnership to improve legal tech innovation

BLM Partners with LSE to create AI insuretech tool

22 Aug 2019 at 12:10 BST

Insurance risk and commercial law firm, Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) its flagship tool, Foresight, a new AI system developed in conjunction with the London School of Economics (LSE), which considers the strength of evidence on either side of a case to predict the fault in a claim.

Regulatory developments in AI

MH&C launches AI guide

22 Oct 2019 at 13:31 BST

Business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran (MH&C) has launched a new guide to artificial intelligence. The guide gives an overview of how the AI industry and how EU guidance and regulation is developing.

57 nations support campaign against LAWS

Campaign puts pressure on Japan to act on killer robots

23 Oct 2019 at 13:37 BST

Activists against the development of robots able to select and attack targets without any human input have accused the United States and Russia of frustrating international efforts aimed at outlawing the development of these weapons.

Use of technology brings worries of oversight

US case highlights AI concerns as government agencies automate

29 Oct 2019 at 13:13 BST

In a US case, Bauserman v. Unemployment Insurance Agency (MiLW No. 06-99941, 29 pages), Jennifer L. Lord is representing plaintiffs accused of benefits fraud based on the results of a computer program called MIDAS, which identified individuals in the Unemployment Insurance Agency for fraudulent activity.

Chatbots providing better access to legal advice

British student creates Robot Lawyer in three hours

31 Oct 2019 at 12:34 BST

A self-taught programmer, claims he wrote the code for a robot lawyer website in just three hours. British student Joshua Browder created a robot lawyer as a means to facilitate the process of disputing speeding tickets, by giving access to free legal advice on the spot.

Country focus: rising world leader in robotics

China’s AI and Robotics Arms Race

14 Nov 2019 at 12:14 BST

From judgebots to Intellectual Property to killer robots, China is pushing the legal boundaries of AI and robotics as it fights for market share and power.