Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This paper (46 page PDF) is a deep but accessible treatment of the implication of AI on the law, and in particular, how to understand and respond to the changes AI will inevitably bring about. Educators would do well to adopt a similar stance, treating AI neither as an existential threat nor a saviour, but instead, as the carrier of numerous social and institutional changes that will force us to rethink the way we interact with each other. Instead of addressing individual issues whack-a-mole style, and instead of focusing on the most salient features of AI today (which may well change as society changes), it offers a model addressing AI's 'disruptive moments' "capable of fundamentally displacing certain core legal presumptions, subvert legal principles, or systematically distort the functioning of the legal system”. These occur when technologies unlock or create new affordances (for example, the capability of having “superior market intelligence to identify nascent competitive threats and then acquire, copy, or kill these firms”, as mentioned in the recent report from the U.S. Congress (p.14)).

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