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Against vague calls for AI regulation

Elon Musk made headlines today by stating that “all org[anizations] developing advanced AI should be regulated, including Tesla.” While Musk's invitation to regulate his own company is refreshing, I am tired of calls to regulate AI that are unaccompanied by any specific proposals. Such statements amount, in the language of social scientists, to “cheap talk.” How, exactly should we regulate Tesla and its peers? If Tesla's CEO says that Tesla needs to be more regulated, one must ask: which specific nefarious activities is Tesla engaged in, and why will it continue those activities unless the government forces it to stop?

Artificial Intelligence 101 for Lawyers

My webinar on “Artificial Intelligence 101 for Lawyers,” hosted by the Clear Law Institute, will be live on Tuesday at 1:00 pm EST. You can also watch the webinar after it concludes. You can receive a 35% discount by using the code RMcCarl286314. Here is the program's blurb: Artificial Intelligence (AI)-related problems can appear in almost any practice area, including patent law, privacy law, and tort law. Additionally, the rise of AI has been affecting the practice of law itself.

Analyzing the Clearview AI face recognition lawsuits

Clearview AI, an app creator that was the subject of a chilling New York Times exposé last month, was just hit with its third class action lawsuit. Clearview scraped images from social media websites to generate a face-recognition database, then licensed the app to law-enforcement and other entities. Here are the three complaints: Mutnick v. Clearview AI, Inc., Case No. 1:20-cv-00512 (E.D. Ill., filed Jan. 22, 2020) Hall v. Clearview AI, Inc.

Google hit with face recognition lawsuit

Google Hit With Class Action Under Illinois Biometric Privacy Law Over Facial Recognition , The Recorder (Feb. 7, 2020). The case, Molander v. Google LLC (No. 5:20-cv-00918), is a class-action suit filed in the Northern District of California. It alleges that Google Photos’ face-recognition system violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. According to the complaint: Unbeknownst to the average consumer … Google’s proprietary facial recognition technology scans each and every photo uploaded to the cloud-based Google Photos for faces, extracts geometric data relating to the unique points and contours (i.