• There’s a lot of talk this week about AI laws and regulation, most of which is unrelated to the accident in Tempe. Here’s what I’ve seen:

Here’s a very good discussion regarding medical diagnoses.

This editorial from the Washington Post does reference the death in Tempe as it calls for regulation beyond autonomous vehicles. “Researchers, manufacturers and, yes, lawyers must start thinking about accountability as they’re designing A.I. Programs must include feedback that can be used to properly apportion legal liability.”

– That said, according to this article, French President Macron is pushing back against the EU’s data regulations as inhibiting Europe’s ability to compete in AI. “The 40-year-old president is ramping up French efforts in the race to deploy artificial intelligence and he’s being held back by Europe’s culture of privacy.”

– Back in the USA, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) and Todd Young (R-Ind), sponsors of the FUTURE of AI Act (the title is an acronym standing for “Fundamentally Understanding The Usability and Realistic Evolution of Artificial Intelligence”), say Congress needs to much better informed about AI.


  • From Manatt, this discussion of “The Promise of Data-Driven Healthcare: Megatrends for 2018.” (Downloadable webinar content.)


  • From Law.com: “Two partners who helped create the Data Law Center have left Akerman, announcing last week the launch of a now eight-lawyer boutique in Chicago called Actuate Law that they said will be focused on building more expert systems without what they described as Big Law bureaucracy.”


  • Here’s a list and discussion of the top US graduate degree programs in AI (Carnegie Mellon at the top, of course), and here is a discussion of the top such programs in Canada.


  • Major AI conference: 20th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence – ICAI 2018, July 30-August 2 at the Luxor in Vegas.