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Podcast: The Spotlight

On this episode of The Spotlight radio show, Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Michael Nelson discusses the status of artificial intelligence, one of the biggest hurdles that driverless car technology will face and why he thinks the rules of the road will need to be...

Elon Musk Discusses Risks Posed by Artificial Intelligence

At the recently held National Governors Association meeting, Elon Musk told U.S. governors that artificial intelligence is a “fundamental existential risk for human civilization”—far beyond existing concerns about the impact of automation on the U.S. job market. Specifically, he raised concerns about the way that regulation for new technologies has been reactive rather than proactive,...

Automation’s Impact Across A Wide Range of Industries

It is becoming clear that the development of autonomous vehicles will have implications beyond the automotive industry alone. In a recent article, Mike Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP provide insight into those implications with regard to areas such as auto insurance, ethical issues, big data, urban and suburban planning, and artificial intelligence. For...

Artificial Intelligence: Not Just for Driving

Could artificial intelligence be coming to an insurance company near you? Some insurers are beginning to explore the use of “chatbots” and other forms of AI to assist in the claims and underwriting process. In the auto claims context, a bot could be used to connect to the electronic devices in a connected car and transmit information directly to the insurer. It could also be used to...

Videocast: Automated Transportation’s Legal and Ethical Risks

As currently written, our laws are not well-equipped to handle the increase in automated vehicles on the road. Moreover, the law and ethics often differ, and doing the safe thing on the road could cause a human to drive illegally. Would an autonomous vehicle drive faster than the speed limit if it needed to, drive at all if a loose gas cap turned on a check engine light, or execute the...

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