Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Law: New Challenges and Possibilities for Fundamental Human Rights and Security

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is dramatically reshaping how people live, work, and interact, as well as the functioning of societies and legal systems’ adaptations to these changes. Machine learning technologies’ integration into various decision-making processes carries profound implications for sentencing, taxation, workplace dynamics, surveillance and policing, privacy, and financial markets. The rising automation of human activities prompts significant legal inquiries spanning constitutional, contractual, and tort issues.

Large Language Models (LLMs) such as Chat GPT are AI technologies with a range of legal, ethical, and societal implications. These models, trained on massive volumes of text data, can generate text resembling human language, enabling tasks like answering questions, writing essays, even crafting poetry. They implicate freedom of expression, the right to information, and the democratic process at large. They have the potential to generate misleading, harmful, or hateful content, regardless of their programmers’ and owners’ intentions. They could become tools for propaganda or disinformation campaigns. They raise intellectual property questions, particularly when their output is based on pre-existing intellectual or artistic works and could lead to mass job automation.

On March 13, we will meet to discuss all these issues with a stellar group of researchers and speakers. The conference will include presentations from: Aida Abraha, Carys Craig, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, Trevor Farrow, Stephen Fulford, Richard Haigh, Allan Hutchinson, Luna Xiaolu Li, Patricia McMahon, Jonathon Penney, Sean Rehaag, Amy Saluyzyn, Anthony Sangiuliano, Alexandra Scott, James Sheptycki, Glenn Stuart, François Tanguay-Renaud and Aneurin Thomas.

 The event will be both in-person and livestream online. For any further info, please feel free contact Prof Valerio De Stefano, by nathansoncentre@osgoode.yorku.ca and copying vdestefano@osgoode.yorku.ca.

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Mar 13 2024

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12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Helliwell Centre
Osgoode Hall Law School
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