Savannah Law Review Presents Rise of the Automatons
“You insist that there is something a machine cannot do. If you tell me precisely what it is a machine cannot do, then I can always make a machine which will do just that!” ~ John von Neumann
On September 15, 2017, Savannah Law Review will present Rise of the Automatons, a colloquium examining the legal implications of automation in society. Human Beings and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) will soon engage in a massive legal battle testing our resolve and pushing our economies, our security, our laws, and our dignity to the breaking point. Rise of the Automatons will explore the law’s response to a variety of topics, including cyber security threats, displaced workers, automation of legal industry jobs, and legal rights of robots.
In the 1950s, scientist John von Neumann warned of the imminence of technological Singularity—the idea that A.I. will improve itself into a Superintelligence that surpasses the capacity of collective human intelligence.
The year is 2034. Cybersecurity hacking is epidemic—infiltrating law firm data, the Alexa® in your bedroom, nannycam teddy bears, and pacemakers. As economists predicted, 47% of jobs are automated, including more than 100,000 legal jobs. Chatbots like ProTechMe collect protective order information and create digital documents for district attorneys. Regulators debate a global minimum income and taxing robots that replace workers. Joshua Browder’s DoNotPay bot continues to beat automated traffic tickets in New York City. Risk-assessment algorithms increasingly set sentence lengths for criminals across the United States.
Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that the Singularity will occur in 2045. The clock is ticking.
The Automatons are coming.