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Science Fiction and AI: Lawmaking lessons from the mythical origins of copyright law

To what extent should we regulate novel technologies based upon the mythology attributed to them through literature? This question is central to both my work and to a recent presentation by EUI Professor Nicolas Petit to the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age (AIDA). This blog provides a brief analysis of the role of myth, allegory, and origin stories in lawmaking. It reveals the influence myth and fiction have on policy-makers and asks how we might make better use of these sources of knowledge.

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AI, Hume and a guillotine: The dangers of machine-learning loops

Anyone who ever engaged with a lawyer will notice how binary lawland is. Lawyers like to divide the basic facts of life into dichotomies: lawful/unlawful, just/unjust, fair/unfair, proportional/disproportional, and so on. A less well-known distinction in legal science is that between the descriptive and the normative.

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Unlocking the potential of AI : opportunities and challenges for European policy

On 14 January 2021, members of the European Parliament’s (EP) committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) consulted with experts from the European University Institute (EUI) on topics in the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI). The AIDA committee is also focused on developing a strategy for Europe to survive in a digital world and eventually assume a leadership role in AI. After an introduction in which AIDA committee members outlined their goals and expectations for the role that AI will play in society, the EUI experts provided some general remarks on AI and algorithms, and then presented their original research.

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